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Miracles, Convulsions, and Ecclesiastical Politics in Early Eighteenth-Century Paris
Author: B. Robert Kreiser

ISBN: 9780691605890
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 21 February 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6 x 2.57
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In the midst of the fierce controversies raging in France over the papal bull Unigenitus, worshipers at the tomb of a revered Jansenist deacon in Paris's Saint-Medard cemetery witnessed a variety of miraculous occurrences. These well-publicized events led to the emergence of a cult that came to affect and be affected by the most furious religious debate of the eighteenth-century. Professor Kreiser provides a full and objective account of the conflicts surrounding this unsanctioned cult, which remained a majorcause celebre in ecclesiastical politics for nearly a decade.

The author details the intricate relationships between Church and State and broadens our awareness of the political implications of popular religion during theancien regime. His wide-ranging book is the first account of the Saint-Medard episode to deal with this affair in its multiple contexts. At stake was more than acceptance of the papal bull, whose political history the author discusses. Also involved, as he shows, were fundamental questions about the ...

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