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Fabiola or The Church of the Catacombs

Cardinal Nicholas Patrick Wiseman (1802-1865)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - The Christian House
3. 02 - The Martyr's Boy
4. 03 - The Dedication
5. 04 - The Heathen Household
6. 05 - The Visit
7. 06 - The Banquet
8. 07 - Poor and Rich
9. 08 - The First Day's Conclusion
10. 09 - Meetings
11. 10 - Other Meetings
12. 11 - A Talk With the Reader
13. 12 - The Wolf and the Fox
14. 13 - Charity
15. 14 - Extremes Meet
16. 15 - Charity Returns
17. 16 - The Month of October
18. 17 - The Christian Community
19. 18 - Temptation
20. 19 - The Fall
21. 20 - Diogenes
22. 21 - The Cemeteries
23. 22 - What Diogenes Could Not Tell About the Catacombs
24. 23 - What Diogenes Did Tell About the Catacombs
25. 24 - Above Ground
26. 25 - Deliberations
27. 26 - Dark Death
28. 27 - Darker Still
29. 28 - The False Brother
30. 29 - The Ordination in December
31. 30 - The Virgins
32. 31 - The Nomentan Villa
33. 32 - The Edict
34. 33 - The Discovery
35. 34 - Explanation
36. 35 - The Wolf in the Fold
37. 36 - The First Flower
38. 37 - Retribution
39. 38 - Twofold Revenge
40. 39 - The Public Works
41. 40 - The Prison
42. 41 - The Viaticum
43. 42 - The Fight
44. 43 - The Christian Soldier
45. 44 - The Rescue
46. 45 - The Revival
47. 46 - The Second Crown
48. 47 - The Critical Day: Its First Part
49. 48 - The Same Day: Its Second Part
50. 49 - The Same Day: Its Third Part
51. 50 - Dionysius: Priest and Physician
52. 51 - The Sacrifice Accepted
53. 52 - Miriam's History
54. 53 - Bright Death
55. 54 - The Stranger From the East
56. 55 - The Stranger From Rome
57. 56 - And Last

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Summary

This historical novel is set in Rome in the early 4th century AD, during the time of the cruel persecution of Christians under the Emperor Diocletian. The heroine of the book is Fabiola, a young pagan beauty from a noble Roman family. Fabiola seems to have everything, including a superior education in the philosophers, yet under the surface, she is not content with her life. One day, in a fit of rage, she attacks and wounds her slave girl Syra, who is a secret Christian. The proud, spoiled Roman girl is humbled by Syra's humility, maturity and devotion to her in this situation, and a slow transformation begins.Woven into this fictitious story are a number of martyrdom accounts of real-life Christian saints, including Saint Agnes, Saint Tarcisius and Saint Sebastian.Cardinal Wiseman wrote Fabiola in part as an answer to the vigorously anti-Catholic book Hypatia by Charles Kingsley. The novel was mainly aimed at the embattled Catholic minority in England, who had recently emerged from a half-illegal status.