Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France: Volume 1: The Clerical Establishment and its…

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byJohn McManners

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This, the first volume, begins with a Section on Church and State, the theology and political theory justifying their alliance, the wealth of the Clergy and their Assemblies voting taxation, their role in the official life of the nation, from the Court at Versailles to army barracks, warships,and prisons. Then comes a presentation of the complex structure of dioceses and parishes, and the vast variety of monastic institutions (where the enjoyment of misapplied wealth contrasted with the austere dedication which ensured the education of the children and the care of the sick throughoutthe land). There is an evocation of the life-style of the clergy from the palaces of the aristocratic bishops and the cathedral closes of comfortable canons to the humblest tumbledown nunnery, with a gallery of portraits analysing clerical motives and vocations. A multitude of lay folk come ontothe scene, aristocrats battening on monastic revenues, lawyers threading the labyrinth of benefice law, estate managers, musicians, vergers and officials of every kind; many families' whole way of existence was postulated on the assumption of the availability of ecclesiastical offices for theirchildren--the differential privileges of the classes in the hierarchy of society being reflected in an institution devoted to spiritual and unworldly ends.

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This, the first volume, begins with a Section on Church and State, the theology and political theory justifying their alliance, the wealth of the Clergy and their Assemblies voting taxation, their role in the official life of the nation, from the Court at Versailles to army barracks, warships,and prisons. Then comes a presentation of ...

Very big author. This is his magnum opus, the culmination of 40 years work.
Format:PaperbackPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198270038

ISBN - 13:9780198270034

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`These two bulky volumes represent the crowning achievement in the career of a widely and rightly renowned scholar. They are packed with information, and everywhere impregnated with their author's habitual determination to give a balanced account of the religious history of eighteenth-centuryFrance ... A historical survey on this traditional pattern could scarcely be entrusted to a more knowledgeable and perceptive scholar ... We have ... every reason to be impressed by, and to be grateful for, the astonishingly skilful combination of detailed accuracy and broad outline which ProfessorMcManners has given us in this account of the institutional church in eighteenth-century France.'Anthony Levi, Heythrop Journal