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Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV$
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Hugh Gaston Hall

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.001.0001

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Devotional Prose

Devotional Prose

(p.261) 13 Devotional Prose
Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Hugh Gaston Hall

Oxford University Press

The works considered in this chapter include a book by each of the two Cardinals de Richelieu revised by Jean Desmarets, together with over a dozen volumes of his own new works, translations, and revisions first published between 1656 and 1666, including scriptural exegesis and works of apologetics, mysticism, and spiritual guidance. Most of these new works were reprinted at least once; the dialogues of Les Délices de l'esprit at least nine times; and another work five times — altogether a considerable publishing success. The publishing history of Desmarets's devotional works witnesses a substantial contribution to the religious experience of the century of Louis XIV. In the chapter, Tallemant des Réaux adds that Guillaume Bautru did not want Cardinal Richelieu to see how much revision there had been. He then proceeds to give a somewhat garbled account of the editing of Richelieu's devotional works.

Keywords:   Cardinal Richelieu, Jean Desmarets, scriptural exegesis, Les Délices de l'esprit, Louis XIV, Tallemant des Réaux, Guillaume Bautru

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