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The End of an Élite – The French Bishops and the Coming of the Revolution 1786-1790 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The End of an Élite: The French Bishops and the Coming of the Revolution 1786-1790

Nigel Aston


This book offers a 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 France. The book explores the role of the episcopate in national and provincial politics in the last years of the ancien régime. It traces the policies and patronage of episcopal ministers such as Lomiénie de Brienne and J.-M. Champion de Cicé, who were as much politicians as pastors, and examines their relationships with their fellow bishops. The book emphasises the leading role of the ... More

Keywords: bishops, French church, French Revolution, episcopate, elite, First Estate, Estates-General, episcopal ministers, clerical elections, France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202844
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nigel Aston, author
University of Luton

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