Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Late Modern European -- Monseigneur Saliege: Archeveque De Toulouse, 1929-1956 by Jean-Louis Clement

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Late Modern European -- Monseigneur Saliege: Archeveque De Toulouse, 1929-1956 by Jean-Louis Clement

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Monseigneur Saliege: Archeveque de Toulouse, 1929-1956. By Jean-Louis Clement.

Bibliothque Beauchesne: Religions -- Societe -- Politique, Volume 23.

(Paris: Beauchesne. 1994. Pp. 415. FF 210 paperback.)

This work is much more than a biographical study of Cardinal Saliege. It is, in fact, a comprehensive analysis of the intellectual, spiritual, and political context in which the justly renowned Archbishop of Toulouse lived and labored, especially in the dark years preceding and during World War II.

Jean-Louis Clement, its author, utilizes the comprehensive methodology characteristic of the best contemporary French scholarship in the field of church history. The influence of his mentor, Jean-Marie Mayeur, is pervasively evident in this study, which he directed in its initial form as a doctoral dissertation at the Sorbonne. However, in its revised form, this work is gracefully written and cogently argued, with none of the shortcomings often associated with reworked dissertations.

The single most impressive aspect of this book is the quality of the research conducted by the author. National, ministerial, and departmental archives as well as pertinent church sources of every type have been carefully combed and complemented by a sweeping study of published sources and a whole array of personal interviews. …

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