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Jansenism Catholic Resistance to Authority from the Reformation to the French Revolution by Professor William Doyle

Jansenism Catholic Resistance to Authority from the Reformation to the French Revolution

Part of the Studies in European History Series


Jansenism Catholic Resistance to Authority from the Reformation to the French Revolution by Professor William Doyle

It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of Jansenism as a religious phenomenon in European life, and yet during the seventeenth century its followers denied its very existence. Jansenism, and the theology of Cornelius Jansen, powerfully infused French political life from the mid seventeenth century to the Revolution 150 years later - it impacted on the Enlightenment, the development of French constitutional thinking, the modernisation of the Catholic church and the destruction of the Jesuits.William Doyle has written an invaluable book. It explains exactly why Jansenism was so important, it recreates the religious and intellectual world which fostered it and examines the critical issues, such as the all-pervasive role of the Jesuits in European Catholic life. Anyone armed with this concise, straightforward book will find themselves immeasurably better prepared to understand the mentality both of France and much of Enlightenment Europe before the cataclysm of 1789.


'Well written and extremely will certainly go on the booklist as essential reading.' - Malcolm Crook, Keele University '...a clear, efficient discussion' - Jeremy Whiteman, Journal of Religious History'

About the Author

WILLIAM DOYLE is Professor of History at the University of Bristol and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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Book Info

Publication date

15th November 1999


Professor William Doyle

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Palgrave Macmillan


128 pages


History of religion

European history
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700



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