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Communities of Belief: Cultural and Social Tensions in Early Modern France

Robin Briggs


This book is about attitudes and behaviour in early modern France, dealing particularly with the conflicts related to social and intellectual change, and with the tensions between the elite and the common people. The topics discussed include witchcraft, popular belief and superstition, confession, the family, Church and State, and popular revolt. Combining penetrating analyses of important topics with detailed focus on individual cases, this book offers a lively critique of some current interpretations of seventeenth-century France. Part I, ‘Rebels, Deviants and Victims’, concentrates on histo ... More

Keywords: seventeenth-century France, witchcraft, popular belief, superstition, confession, family, Church, State, popular revolt, intellectual change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206033
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Briggs, author
All Souls College, Oxford
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