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By Alison Forrestal

This ebook explores how the conceptions of episcopacy formed the identification of the bishops of France within the wake of the reforming Council of Trent (1545-63). It demonstrates how the episcopate, at first demoralized by way of the Wars of faith, built a robust ideology of privilege, management and pastorate that enabled it to develop into a flourishing player within the spiritual, political and social lifetime of the ancien régime.

Arguing that the normal pictures portrayed by way of Trent and prelates similar to Charles Borromeo of Milan didn't supply a entire version of episcopal spirituality, govt and pastoral care, the learn examines the specific photographs of episcopacy that have been built through French reformers and theologians to reply to the explicit calls for of ecclesiastical management and reform in seventeenth-century France. It then assesses the ways that an more and more assertive episcopate placed those beliefs into perform, and explains that the bishops’ tempestuous family members with the spiritual orders, the Jansenists, the papacy and the Bourbon monarchy have been profoundly formed by way of their gallican, conciliarist and autonomous perspectives of episcopal tasks and prerogatives.

This is the 1st book to examine the attitudes of Tridentine bishops in the direction of their place of work by means of contemplating the French episcopate as a recognisable caste, owning various theological and political ideas that allowed it to dominate the French church. it will likely be essential to these drawn to the tradition of early smooth catholicism and the ancien régime.

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