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The Making of the French Episcopate, 1589-1661

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This major work, written by one of the leading historians of France's ancien regime, is the first in-depth study of the French upper clergy during the key period of the Catholic Reformation following the Council of Trent. In describing the creation, character, and role of these early French bishops, it also sheds light on social mobility, education, the career patterns and prospects of particular groups, the workings of patronage and clientage networks, and the wider dimensions of royal policy and patronage at this time. Joseph Bergin begins by analysing the structures of the French church and the process by which individuals were nominated and confirmed as bishops. He then presents a collective profile of these bishops in terms of their social and geographical origins, educational attainments, and pre-episcopal careers. Bergin examines royal patronage in relation to episcopal office, tracing the successive pressures with which the crown had to deal in the wider social and political world. In particular he shows how the crown painfully and gradually recovered control of church patronage after the low point of the religious wars, reducing the grip of the nobility on large numbers of dioceses. He also examines how reforming pressures were brought to bear on the crown to appoint bishops who met the standards of the counter-reformation church and how the crown became increasingly in tune with these reformist pressures. He concludes by explaining particular features of the French episcopate within a wider European context. The book, the result of years of research in French and Italian archives, includes an extensive biographical dictionary that will make it an invaluable reference for allFrench historians of the period.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [721]-738) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300067514
Author:
Bergin, Joseph
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
France
Subject:
Bishops
Subject:
France History 17th century.
Subject:
France History 16th century.
Subject:
Christianity-Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
SP-520
Publication Date:
19961127
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
774
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 3.6 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Christianity » Catholicism
Religion » Christianity » Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership

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