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

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270034

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198270038.001.0001

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The Bishops: Aristocratic Vocations

The Bishops: Aristocratic Vocations

(p.208) 7 The Bishops: Aristocratic Vocations
Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France Volume 1: The Clerical Establishment and its Social Ramifications

John McManners

Oxford University Press

Bishops were appointed by the crown, and the vast majority were drawn from the aristocracy. Connections at court were very useful for those seeking appointments, while noble families would place one of their younger sons in the Church. Young noblemen destined for ecclesiastical careers had to qualify themselves for selection by pursuing university studies at the Sorbonne to the grade of licence, often supplemented by study at the seminary of St Sulpice, and then by serving an apprenticeship in diocesan administration as a grand vicaire.

Keywords:   bishops, Church administration, education, nobility, seminaries, universities

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