Church and Society in Eighteenth-century France: The clerical establishment and its social ramifications

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Clarendon Press, 1998 - Religion - 817 pages
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This is the first of two volumes in McManner's magesterial reconstruction of the complex hierarchical world of the Gallican Church destroyed by the French Revolution. It describes the diocesan and parochial structure of the Church, portraying the clergy and their lifestyle from the palaces of the aristocratic bishops to the humblest nunnery, and, in a multitude of portraits, analyzing their motivations and sense of vocation. In a detailed fresco he presents the religion of the people, whether centering in the parish church or in confaternities, and the observances of folk religion outside it.

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Contents

The Theme
1
CHURCH AND STATE
5
Reflections on the Allegiance of the Clergy
7
The Religion of Versailles
29
The Working of the ChurchState Alliance
57
The Wealth of the Church
96
The General Assemblies of the Clergy and Clerical Taxation I
141
II
150
Monastic Wealth and the Social Order
472
Women
534
The Commission des Réguliers
535
Vocation and the Art of Obtaining a Benefice
615
xi
686
FR
692
29
693
95
694

CONTENTS
151
THE RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT
175
Dioceses
177
Aristocratic Vocations
208
Worldly Greatness
235
Fathers in
262
IO Parishes
297
Social Origins Incomes Mentality
321
The Bon Curé 12
358
Collaborators of the Curé
384
Canons and Chapters
399
Architecture and Music
434
141
696
177
703
208
704
235
750
262
785
399
786
434
790
472
794
571
807
615
812
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Very big author. This is his magnum opus, the culmination of 40 years work.

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