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Bronze-age conciliarism: Edmond Richer's encounters with Cajetan and Bellarmine

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This essay focuses on the persistence of conciliarist constitutionalism down into the seventeenth century, and on the particular way in which the Gallican author, Edmond Richer (1559-1631), framed it in his sweeping and influential critiques of the papalist ecclesiology. In the tradition established by his fifteenth- and sixteenth-century predecessors in the Parisian theology faculty, Richer's formulation of conciliar theory was essentially political in nature. As a result, it lent itself readily to use in the cause of constitutionalist aspiration by such eighteenth-century critics of French monarchical policy as Nicolas Le Gros and Gabriel-Nicolas Maultrot.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA. Email:[email protected]

Publication date: 1999-01-01

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