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The End of an ÉliteThe French Bishops and the Coming of the Revolution 1786-1790$
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Nigel Aston

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202844

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202844.001.0001

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The Fall of Brienne

The Fall of Brienne

(p.89) 5 The Fall of Brienne
The End of an Élite

Nigel Aston

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Loménie de Brienne was preparing to abandon his old policy of co-operation with the Parlements and Estates wherever possible to curtail drastically the powers of the parlementaires to hold up government policies. The episcopal bench had less and less reason for trusting Brienne. Their hopes for a flood of patronage-pensions, promotions, and even places in the central government had gone. Brienne had not even bothered to ask their opinion on what he proposed, and this was nowhere more resented than on the decision to grant limited toleration to non-Catholics. The First Estate possibly counted for less under him than with a secular minister. However, the prélats politiques still gave the archbishop their firm backing that difficult winter. They had been colleagues too long to doubt Brienne's abilities, and the archbishop was careful to give them some of the best pickings from the patronage at his disposal.

Keywords:   Loménie de Brienne, Parlements, Estates, parlementaires, First Estate, prélats politiques

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