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Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France, Volume 1 : The Clerical Establishment and Its Social Ramification - John McManners

Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France, Volume 1

The Clerical Establishment and Its Social Ramification

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780198270034
Number Of Pages: 836

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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 throughout the 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 onto the 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 their children--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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`a monumental overview on vitually all aspects of French religious history during the last century before the Revolution. ...there is much that is new, including fascinating sections of liturgical worship, sermons, pilgrimages, confessional practices, and the meaning of the illusive term abbe. And nowhere else can one find such a wealth of detail, a profusion of examples, organized systematically as a vertiable compendium on the religious complex of eighteenth-century France. ...the work will long be drawn upon by scholars in all fields as the most complete and accessible reference book available on the institutions, pratice, and political history of the Old Regime church.' Timothy Tackett, Journal of Modern History, Vol 72, No. 4, December 2000 `This magisterial, synthetic, and exceptionally readable inquiry into the Christian church and French society during the eighteenth century is at once broadly encyclopedic and deeply perceptive.' Raymond A. Mentzer, Church History, Studies in Christianity and Culture, Vol.69, No.2. `McManners embarks on an extended, fascinating examination of the organizational infrastructure of the Gallican church.' Raymond A. Mentzer, Church History, Studies in Christianity and Culture, Vol.69, No.2. `McManners also skillfully explains the ecclesiastical, political, and intellectual maelstrom surrouding the Jesuits and the orders eventual suppression. Here as elsewhere, McManners carefully delineates the formidable impact of the Englightenment and the proponents of rationalism.' Raymond A. Mentzer, Church History, Studies in Christianity and Culture, Vol.69, No.2. `These two volumes represent an enormous achievement ... Mcmanners offers a lucid and lively overview ... the analysis is fresh and informative. The author effortlessly guides the reader through the complexities of the ancien-regime church ... McManners never loses sight of the greater context as well as the profound developments and forces external to the church ... The achievement is impressive.' Raymond A. Mentzer, Church History, Studies in Christianity and Culture, Vol.69, No.2. `It is rarely that a reviewer has the privilege of reviewing a book that can genuinely be described as a life's work ... a penetrating picture of the Church of the ancien régime ... In the tapestry Professor McManners provides there are many fascinating threads ... Behind McManner's rich narrative lies a wealth of research and reading, as the notes make clear. The judicious balancing of illustrative (and often amusing) anecdote and analysis makes this rounded picture of the Gallican Church of the ancien régime a study that is unlikely to be superseded.' Geoffrey Rowell, Church Times `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-century France ... 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 Professor McManners has given us in this account of the institutional church in eighteenth-century France.' Anthony Levi, Heythrop Journal

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
The Themep. 1
Church and Statep. 5
The Coronation: Reflections on the Allegiance of the Clergyp. 7
The Religion of Versaillesp. 29
The Working of the Church-State Alliancep. 57
The Wealth of the Churchp. 95
The General Assemblies of the Clergy and Clerical Taxationp. 141
The Religious Establishmentp. 175
Diocesesp. 177
The Bishops: Aristocratic Vocationsp. 208
The Bishops: Worldly Greatnessp. 235
The Bishops: Fathers in Godp. 262
Parishesp. 297
The Curés: Social Origins, Incomes, Mentalityp. 321
The 'Bon Curé'p. 358
Collaborators of the Curép. 384
Canons and Chaptersp. 399
The Great Chapters: Architecture and Musicp. 434
Monastic Wealth and the Social Orderp. 472
The Religious Vocation and Social Usefulness: Menp. 505
The Religious Vocation and Social Usefulness: Womenp. 534
The Commission Des Réguliersp. 571
Vocation and the Art of Obtaining a Beneficep. 615
Abbésp. 647
Notesp. 683
General Indexp. 785
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ISBN: 9780198270034
ISBN-10: 0198270038
Series: Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 836
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.3  x 4.4
Weight (kg): 1.15