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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914Essays for John McManners$
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Nigel Aston

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.001.0001

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An Irish Opportunist in Paris: Dr Piers de Girardin

An Irish Opportunist in Paris: Dr Piers de Girardin

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(p.59) 3 An Irish Opportunist in Paris: Dr Piers de Girardin
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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914
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Jacques M. Gres-Gayer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.003.0004

This chapter focuses on cleric Dr Patrick Piers de Girardin's life and contributions to the interpretation of Christianity. Piers's system was quite extraordinary, since it envisioned no less than a complete reorganization of Christendom. This he saw possible through the establishment of an ecclesiastical axis between Paris and Canterbury that would mirror and complete the diplomatic Anglo-French alliance. The way in which the Franco-Irish divine was able to initiate the project shows his industry. Having managed to meet William Beauvoir, the chaplain to Lord Stair, the British envoy in France, Piers induced him to pass on to the archbishop of Canterbury, William Wake, a few notes relating to French life. Mentioning the volatile religious situation in the country, he hinted that French Catholics were not averse to a union with the English Church.

Keywords:   Piers de Girardin, Christendom, religious reorganization, Anglo-French alliance, French Catholics, Paris

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