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Our Lady of the Runestone and America’s Baptism with Catholic Blood

Our Lady of the Runestone and America’s Baptism with Catholic Blood

Chapter:
(p.93) Chapter Four Our Lady of the Runestone and America’s Baptism with Catholic Blood
Source:
Myths of the Rune Stone
Author(s):
David M. Krueger
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.003.0005

Chapter Four illustrates how Catholics interpreted the runic inscription to contain a prayer to the Blessed Mother, the first of which uttered in North America. This assertion helped church leaders to claim Minnesota as a uniquely Catholic place, and fuel an unsuccessful attempt to proselytize Scandinavian American Lutherans.

Keywords:   runic myths, Minnesota history, Catholicism, Scandinavian Americans, Minnesotan Lutherans, Midwest religion

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