Church, Society, and Religious Change in France, 1580-1730 (Hardcover)
Yale University Press, 9780300150988, 506pp.
Publication Date: August 25, 2009
The definitive account of the nature of French religious life across the ‘long seventeenth century’
This readable and engaging book by an acclaimed historian is the only wide-ranging synthesis devoted to the French experience of religious change during the period after the wars of religion up to the early Enlightenment. Joseph Bergin provides a clear, up-to-date, and thorough account of the religious history of France in the context of social, institutional, and cultural developments during the so-called long seventeenth century.
Bergin argues that the French version of the Catholic Reformation showed a dynamism unrivaled elsewhere in Europe. The traumatic experiences of the wars of religion, the continuing search within France for heresy, and the challenge of Augustinian thought successively energized its attempts at religious change. Bergin highlights the continuing interaction of church and society and shows that while the French experience was clearly allied to its European context, its path was a distinctive one.
About the Author
Joseph Bergin is professor of history at the University of Manchester, and a Fellow of the British Academy. His previous books include Cardinal Richelieu, The Making of the French Episcopate and Crown, Church and Episcopate under Louis XIV, all published by Yale.
Praise For Church, Society, and Religious Change in France, 1580-1730…
— Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres
“Definitive . . . meticulous . . . encyclopedic . . . a nuanced, well argued, thoroughly researched book that has a great deal to offer specialists and generalists alike.”—W. Gregory Monahan, American Historical Review
— W. Gregory Monahan
“Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand seventeenth-century France . . . a masterpiece.”—Michael Hayden, Canadian Journal of History
— Michael Hayden
— Jacques M. Gres-Gayer
— Mack P. Holt