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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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Necker, the clergy and ‘patriotism’

Necker, the clergy and ‘patriotism’

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The End of an Élite

Nigel Aston

Oxford University Press

Jacques Necker was back in office before the fugitive Loménie de Brienne had got as far as Sens, leaving behind only effigies of himself for the vengeance of the Paris mob. Necker's close ally, Archbishop J.-M. Champion de Cicé, was widely expected to be appointed to the Presidency of the Council of Finances. The new ministers began work in an atmosphere of unprecedented national excitement aroused by Necker's return to office and the impending Estates-General. The pace was set in Dauphiné, where in the earliest days of Necker's second ministry (10–28 September 1788) the Romans Assembly was sitting under the reluctant presidency of the archbishop of Vienne. The Dauphiné example inspired the whole kingdom at the end of 1788; the hour of political regeneration seemed to have struck. Necker knew of the public's hopes, but remained calm and refused to state government policy clearly in case it lowered his reputation for miracle-working with the nation.

Keywords:   Jacques Necker, J.-M. Champion de Cicé, Estates-General, Dauphiné, Romans Assembly

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