A 62 page book about the religious history of Vence. Translated into English!
This little book, published in 1914, is the oldest book that I currently own about Vence. It’s dedicated to the religious history of the town, with sections on the Saints, the Bishops, the Priests, the Cathedral, the treasures, the relics and the chapels.
There’s a lot of good information in here and some stories that I haven’t read anywhere else. It wasn’t written by a professional historian, but by a regular resident of Vence who loved the town and the history. It’s not very in-depth and certainly not a thorough examination of these subjects, but I still find it very interesting. He wrote the book and donated it to the Church with the condition that all the profits from the sales would go to the upkeep of the Church.
The book was written in French but I’ve translated the entire thing into English, not a quick or easy process for me, since I am by no means currently fluent in French. To create this English translation I did the following: I scanned each page of the book and then used an OCR (optical character recognition) function to convert the scanned images into actual text. I then compared the results to the original and cleaned up any mistakes or problems that I could find. I used Google Translate to translate the text and then read through it carefully making any obvious corrections.
There are bound to be some errors here and there. However, on the whole, I think this is a pretty good translation and quite readable. I hope you find it worthwhile.
Download a super high quality PDF of this book in French (336mb) – very large file, be patient
Download an excellent quality PDF of this book in French (31mb)
Download a very good quality PDF of this book in French (5mb)
Download a high quality PDF of this book in English (1mb)
[click on any image to see sample pages]