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Introduction

Alison Forrestal

in Fathers, Pastors and Kings

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780719069765
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700594 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069765.003.0001
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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the history of episcopacy in France during the seventeenth century. The book examines the ideas, both established and still emerging, of what the office of bishop meant to its incumbents and traces the ways in which that understanding coloured their involvement in the hierarchical Tridentine church and in a temporal realm governed by a vigorously gallican monarchy. It also explores the canonical and theological aspects that relate to the episcopate as a sacred ecclesiastical position with particular associated powers, the character of the episcopal pastorate and the notion of episcopal spirituality.

Keywords: episcopacy; France; bishop; Tridentine church; gallican monarchy; ecclesiastical position; episcopal pastorate; episcopal spirituality

Chapter.  9022 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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