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Voices of Conscience: Royal Confessors and Political Counsel in Seventeenth-Century Spain and France

Nicole Reinhardt

Abstract

This study analyses how the link between politics and conscience was articulated and shaped by confessors as counsellors to monarchs throughout the seventeenth century. Against the backdrop of the momentous intellectual, theological, and political shifts during this period, it examines comparatively how ethical challenges of political action were confronted in Spain and France and how questions of conscience became a major argument in the hegemonic struggle between these competing Catholic powers. ‘Counsel of conscience’ was not a peripheral feature of early modern political culture but fundam ... More

Keywords: political counsel, conscience, moral theology, political theory, early modern monarchy, royal councils, comparative history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198703686
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703686.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicole Reinhardt, author
Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History, Durham University