The Making of the French Episcopate, 1589-1661

Author(s): 
Bergin, Joseph
ISBN: 
0300067518
Date published: 
January 1996
Paperback
Price: 
£45.00
Pages: 
768

This major work, written by one of the leading historians of France's ancien rŽgime, is the first in-depth study of the French upper clergy during the key period of the Catholic Reformation following the Council of Trent. In describing the creation, character and role of these early French bishops, it also sheds light on social mobility, education, the career patterns and prospects of particular groups, the workings of patronage and clientage networks, and the wider dimensions of royal policy and patronage at this time.