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