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The End of an ÉliteThe French Bishops and the Coming of the Revolution 1786-1790$
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Nigel Aston

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202844

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202844.001.0001

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The bishops outside the Assembly and the new political order, 1789–1790

The bishops outside the Assembly and the new political order, 1789–1790

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(p.203) 10 The bishops outside the Assembly and the new political order, 1789–1790
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The End of an Élite
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Nigel Aston

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202844.003.0011

The bishops, like their clergy, were generally ready in the late summer of 1789 to welcome the work of their representatives. They clung to the hope that the future would bring unlimited social and political amelioration, however there was unbridled enthusiasm for everything connected with the National Assembly. The bishops were quick to adapt, accept the need to give their blessing to the course of the Revolution, and thus give the sort of lead that the occasion demanded. As new ad hoc local authorities manned by Notables sprang up, prelates got their work off to a good start by starting proceedings with a dedicatory Mass, as at Troyes where Bishop Barral held a Solemn Mass in the cathedral at the inauguration of the municipal Comité, and asked for the divine blessing on the union of citizens and His guidance in restoring tranquillity to the town, one significant exception was Navarre.

Keywords:   bishops, amelioration, National Assembly, Notables, prelates, Troyes, Bishop Barral, Comité, Navarre

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