Bossuet's tutorial functions involved composing all the necessary books of instruction, including not just handwriting samples, but also manuals of philosophy, history, and religion fit for a future king of France.
Bossuet's own Discours sur l'histoire universelle might have furnished an answer, for there the fall of many empires is detailed; but then the Discours was composed under a single preoccupation.
He himself laid down in his letter to Pope Innocent XIthe programme he made his royal pupil follow, a programme the intelligent liberality of which it is impossible not to admire.
Princes thus act as ministers of God and His lieutenants on earth. Without rules, an organized society cannot hold together, and rules require an authorized interpreter. And already, doubtless, it is beginning to be half seen that the true Bossuet, even in theologyeven in his long combats with the hereticswas not the unbending, irreconcilable man he is commonly painted.
Quietismtoo, was perhaps not so great a danger as he believed it to be; nor, above all, a danger of the kind to repel Protestants from Catholicismsince, after all, it is in a Protestant country that the works of Madame Guyon are still read in our day. Royal authority is paternal, and its proper character is goodness.
Abundant and instructive details on this point are to be found in M.
Biography Early years Bossuet was born at Dijon. The three books fit into each other.
Fromhis health began to fail, which, however, did not prevent him from wrestling in defence of the Faith. His parents decided on a career in the church for their fifth son, so he was tonsured at age eight. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
It was blasphemoushe argued, to suppose that the Author of nature would break through a reign of law He had Himself established. These repeated checks soured Bossuet's temper.
His time at Metz was an important time for developing his pulpit oratory and for allowing him to continue his studies of Scripture and the Fathers. His approval of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes stopped far short of approving dragonnades within his Diocese of Meaux, but now his patience was waning.
His father's influence at Metz allowed him to obtain for the young Bossuet a canonicate in the cathedral of Metz when the boy was just 13 years old.
Another Oratorian proved more dangerous still. In his earlier controversies he had borne himself with great magnanimity, and the Huguenot ministers he refuted found him a kindly advocate at court.
The Protestant churches had thrown over this interpreter; and Bossuet had small trouble in showing that, the longer they lived, the more they varied on increasingly important points.
Cambridge University Press, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet () was France's most important exponent of absolutism during the seventeenth century. The foremost orator of his day, he was also tutor to Louis XIV's son, Louis the Dauphin, and an influential Bishop.
The idea of divine right, eloquently propounded by Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet and embodied in the palace and system of Versailles, may have strengthened the political consensus, but it did little to assist royal agents trying to please both Versailles and their own communities.
Jacques Bossuet () was a French bishop during time of Louis XIV. He was a tremendously popular preacher and one of most prolific theological writers of his time. Louis XIV chose him to be tutor of the dauphin, the heir to the French throne, and later to the dauphin's son, the heir to the heir.
This is the first ever English rendition of the classic statement of divine right absolutism in French, published in when the power and glory of the French ancien régime was at its zenith.
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet () was France's most important exponent of absolutism during the seventeenth century.
The foremost orator of his day, he was also tutor to Louis XIV's son, Louis the Dauphin, and an influential Bishop. Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (French: ; 27 September – 12 April ) was a French bishop and theologian, renowned for his sermons and other addresses. He has been considered by many to be one of the most brilliant orators of all time and a masterly French stylist.
Court preacher to Louis XIV of France, Bossuet was a strong advocate of political absolutism and the divine right of kings.Download