Jacques Benigne Bossuet

Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne

Jacques Bénigne Bossuet (zhäk bānē´nyə bôsüā´), 1627–1704, French prelate, one of the greatest orators in French history. At an early age he was made a canon at Metz; he became bishop of Condom and was (1670–81) tutor to the dauphin (father of Louis XV), for whom he wrote his great Discourse on Universal History (1681, tr. 1778, 1821), Politics Derived from Holy Writ (1709), and Treatise of the Knowledge of God and One's Self (1722). In 1681 he became bishop of Meaux. Unrivaled for his eloquence, he is celebrated for his Funeral Orations (1689), particularly those on Henrietta of England, on her daughter, and on Condé, which are masterpieces of their kind. He was also a great moralist, a magnificent stylist, and a powerful controversialist, brilliantly attacking Fénelon and the quietists, the Jesuits, and the Protestants.

See biography by E. E. Reynolds (1963); studies by A. Rabelliau (5th ed. 1900) and M. C. Gotaas (1953, repr. 1970).

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Jacques Benigne Bossuet: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! Portraits of the Seventeenth Century, Historic and Literary By Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve Frederick Ungar Publishing, 1904
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VIII "Bossuet"
Essays on Church and State By Lord Acton; Douglas Woodruff Viking Press, 1953
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "Bossuet"
Studies in Self-Interest: From Descartes to La Bruyere By A. J. Krailsheimer Clarendon Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Bossuet"
Catholic Political Thought, 1789-1848 By Baéla Menczer University of Notre Dame Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Catholic Interpretation of the Secular Order: Bossuet and Pascal"
FREE! A History of French Literature By C. H. Conrad Wright Oxford University Press, 1912
Librarian’s tip: "Pulpit Oratory: Bossuet, Bourdaloue" begins on p. 388
FREE! The World's Famous Orations By William Jennings Bryan; Francis W. Halsey Funk and Wagnalls, vol.7, 1906
Librarian’s tip: "Bossuet -- On the Death of the Great Conde" begins on p. 63
Politics & Religion in Seventeenth-Century France: A Study of Political Ideas from the Monarchomachs to Bayle, as Reflected in the Toleration Controversy By W. J. Stankiewicz University of California Press, 1960
Librarian’s tip: "The Absolutist Theory: Louis XIV, Bossuet, Merlat" begins on p. 162
Royalist Political Thought during the French Revolution By James L. Osen Greenwood Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "Du Voisin, Bossuet, and the French Revolution"
The Stage Controversy in France from Corneille to Rousseau By M. Barras Columbia University, 1933
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "The Quarrel of 1694: Bossuet Anathematizes the Stage"
Bossuet and the Consenses of the Church By Costigan, Richard F Theological Studies, Vol. 56, No. 4, December 1995
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Women Mystics Confront the Modern World: Marie de L'Incarnation (1599-1672) and Madame Guyon (1648-1717) By Marie-Florine Bruneau State University of New York, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Bossuet begins on p. 129
The Church in the Seventeenth Century By H. Daniel-Rops; J. J. Buckingham J. M. Dent & Sons, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "Bossuet" begins on p. 260 and "Bossuet versus Fenlon" begins on p. 386
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