ISBN 9780719069765,Fathers, Pastors and Kings: Visions of Episcopacy in Seventeenth-century France

Fathers, Pastors and Kings: Visions of Episcopacy in Seventeenth-century France

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ISBN 9780719069765
Publisher

Manchester University Press

Publication Year 2004
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780719069765

ISBN-10 0719069769
Binding

Hardback

Number of Pages 304 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Medicine: general issues

Fathers, Pastors and Kings explores how conceptions of episcopacy (government of a church by bishops) shaped the identity of the bishops of France in the wake of the reforming Council of Trent (1545-63). It demonstrates how the episcopate, initially demoralized by the Wars of Religion, developed a powerful ideology of privilege, leadership and pastorate that enabled it to become a flourishing participant in the religious, political and social life of the ancien r?gime. This is the first publication to analyze the attitudes of Tridentine bishops towards their office by considering the French episcopate as a recognizable caste, possessing a variety of theological and political principles that allowed it to dominate the French church.
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