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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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‘Il fallut même réveiller les Suisses’: Aspects of Private Religious Practice in a Public Setting in Eighteenth-Century Versailles

‘Il fallut même réveiller les Suisses’: Aspects of Private Religious Practice in a Public Setting in Eighteenth-Century Versailles

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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914
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Giles Barber

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.003.0005

The aim of this chapter is to probe the relationship between personal piety and courtly display and to study, through the medium of surviving prayer books and their bindings, the expression and provision for these at Versailles during the early years of the Enlightenment, something touching, therefore, on a complex world, or series of worlds, and involving the interplay of religious history, personality groups, fashion, and publishing monopolies. The forms of worship practised in Western Europe had themselves already evolved slowly over the centuries, and the printed texts used in conjunction with them reflected both these changes and the ability of various sections of the congregation to use such works. The priestly celebration of divine service had encouraged the production of missals, breviaries, and psalters both for general use and for particular ceremonies from the later Middle Ages onwards.

Keywords:   religious practice, 18th-century Versailles, Western Europe, divine service, Middle Ages, prayer books

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