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Fathers, Pastors and Kings: Visions of Episcopacy in Seventeenth-century France

Alison Forrestal


This book explores how conceptions of episcopacy (government of a church by bishops) shaped the identity of the bishops of France in the wake of the reforming Council of Trent (1545–63). It demonstrates how the episcopate, initially demoralised by the Wars of Religion, developed a powerful ideology of privilege, leadership and pastorate that enabled it to become a flourishing participant in the religious, political and social life of the ancien regime. The book analyses the attitudes of Tridentine bishops towards their office by considering the French episcopate as a recognisable caste, posses ... More

Keywords: episcopacy, bishops, Council of Trent, episcopate, Wars of Religion, privilege, leadership, pastorate, ancien regime, French church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780719069765
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719069765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Forrestal, author