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

John McManners


This study of the Catholic Church and religious life in eighteenth‐century France seeks to ‘recapture the atmosphere of the times, and to appreciate the beliefs, aspirations, hopes, and fears of four generations. This first volume deals with the question of Church and State, including the alliance between the clerical and secular powers, the wealth of the Church, and the general assemblies of the clergy and clerical taxation, and secondly with the religious establishment, meaning not only the higher clergy, cathedral chapters, and the monastic orders, but also the ordinary curés, the parish st ... More

Keywords: eighteenth century, ancien régime, Catholicism, clergy, cultural history, education, Enlightenment, French history, Gallican Church, hospitals, poor relief, religious orders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198270034
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198270038.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John McManners, author
All Souls College, Oxford