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Bretons, Bards, and Buffoons

John Saward

in Perfect Fools

Published in print December 1980 | ISBN: 9780192132307
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670046 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132307.003.0009
Bretons, Bards, and Buffoons

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In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, mystics frequently emerged among racial and cultural minorities, and in the France of this period many of the centres of spirituality appeared at the geographical periphery. This is certainly so in the case of holy folly. This chapter focuses on the resurgence of this phenomenon, and the continuing influence of the school of Père Lallemant, in the Celtic northwest of France. La Bretagne mystique produced many of the outstanding spiritual writers of the century. Through its re-evangelization by a group of priests trained in the Lallemant tradition, Brittany became a centre of spiritual renewal.

Keywords: holy folly; holy fools; France; Père Lallemant; spirituality; Brittany; Jesuits

Chapter.  16771 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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