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The end of an élite : the French bishops and the coming of the revolution, 1786-1790 / monograph.

Author: Nigel Aston
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010, ©1992.
Series: Oxford historical monographs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first scholarly study in English of the bishops of the French Church at the outbreak of the French Revolution. The 130 members of the episcopate formed an elite within an elite, the First Estate of the kingdom. Much has been written in recent years about the late eighteenth-century French nobility, but the high political picture remains incomplete without taking the bishops into account. This book is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Aston
ISBN: 9780198202844 0198202849
OCLC Number: 907240764
Notes: "Reprinted 2010"--Title page verso.
Description: viii, 342 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: An apostolic elite - the bishops of the French Church at the end of the Ancien Regime; the bishops, political reform and public administration; bishops and the Assembly of Notables, spring 1787; a clerical minister - Brienne, the bishops versus cures - clerical elections to the Estates-General, spring 1789; the end of the First Estate - the bishops and the Estates-General, May-July 1789; the failure of patriotism - the bishops in the National Assmebly, July-September 1789; the bishops outside the Assembly and the new political order, 1789-90; the constitutionalists on the defensive, winter 1789-1790.
Series Title: Oxford historical monographs.
Responsibility: Nigel Aston.
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Explores the role of the episcopate in national and provincial politics in the last years of the ancien regime and the part played by the bishops in the early, critical stages of the Revolution.  Read more...

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