The Bishops: Worldly Greatness

John McManners

in Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France Volume 1: The Clerical Establishment and its Social Ramifications

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780198270034
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600685 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 The Bishops: Worldly Greatness

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Bishops were expected to live splendidly, and many spent much time at the court at Versailles. Accusations of sexual immorality, however, despite some spectacular examples, were exaggerated. They had to ensure the efficient collection of their revenues by employing trusted servants in the administration. The richer ones accumulated benefices of various kinds, and many were great builders of episcopal residences but also of works of public utility. The status of bishop could lead to other privileges but also responsibilities, especially in provinces with Estates, where bishops usually played leading roles and could become spokesmen for their provinces.

Keywords: bishops; Estates; provincial administration

Chapter.  12196 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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