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Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France Volume 2: The Religion of the People and the Politics of Religion$
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John McManners

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198270046.001.0001

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Religious Practice

Religious Practice

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(p.94) 26 Religious Practice
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Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France Volume 2: The Religion of the People and the Politics of Religion
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John McManners

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198270046.003.0005

The main religious duties imposed on the laity were regular attendance at mass and the Easter duties of communion and confession. The practice of these obligations during the eighteenth century held up better in the countryside than in the towns, though everywhere the atmosphere during services was often disorderly and irreverent. The creeping laicization of the eighteenth century is indicated in all the available documentation capable of being expressed in serial quantitative form, including the naming of ships, household furnishings, the practice of contraception, preambles and legacies in wills, and ordinations, but all with variations according to chronology, geography, and class. True de‐Christianization, however, only came with the Revolution.

Keywords:   contraception, ex votos, laicization, ordinations, religious duties, wills

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