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

by William Doyle

Part of the Studies in European History Series

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

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.

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

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780333689714
Publication date: 15th November 1999
Author: William Doyle
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 128 pages
Categories: History of religion, European history, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,

About William Doyle

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

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