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Perfect FoolsFolly for Christ's Sake in Catholic and Orthodox Spirituality$
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John Saward

Print publication date: 1980

Print ISBN-13: 9780192132307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132307.001.0001

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Bretons, Bards, and Buffoons

Bretons, Bards, and Buffoons

(p.147) 9 Bretons, Bards, and Buffoons
Perfect Fools

John Saward

Oxford University Press

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

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