Introduction to “The Bride of Alexius”


Published May 15, 2023

Neue Schau: Große christliche Erzählungen im 20. Jahrhundert

Jennifer Bryson has published an introduction to the story “The Bride of Alexius” (1949) by Ida Friederike Görres in a new collection of short stories by twentieth-century Catholic authors. The story explores themes of marriage, heartbreak, vocation, and redemption, with echoes from the lives of Saints Alexius, Veronica, and Christopher. It takes place at the Wildegg Castle in Austria (depicted on the cover of the new publication) in the aftermath of the occupation and destruction of this region near Vienna by the Ottomans in the late seventeenth century. Bryson is preparing to publish an English translation of the book The Bride of Alexius and Other Stories by Ida Friederike Görres.


Jennifer Bryson, Ph.D., is a Fellow in EPPC’s Catholic Women’s Forum. Currently, she is translating the works of Ida Friederike Görres (1901-1971) from German to English while in residence at the Pope Benedict XVI Philosophical-Theological Institute, known as Hochschule Heiligenkreuz, in Austria.

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