This introductory chapter begins with the story of a small, well-traveled house that fell from the sky into the middle of a road leading to the town of Recanati, in Italy's Marche region, 2 December 1295. The house came to be known as “Loreto” for the owner of the land, Laureta. The chapter then sets out the book's purpose, which is to show the myriad human hands behind the Holy House's emergence on the Italian and global scene. Movers ranged beyond French, Spanish, Portuguese, and central European Jesuits to include Monquí pilgrims from Baja California, Moxos house builders in Bolivia, Huron female mission leaders in Canada, Inka procession organizers in Peru, Slavic migrants in the Adriatic basin, and German atlas makers, among others. The experiences of these individuals who got bundled into the history of Loreto turn Loreto's founding parable on its head.
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