Jaques Benigne Bossuet: Oraisons funèbres [Funeral Orations] (1853 words)

James Coons (University of Wisconsin, Whitewater)
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Jacques-Benigne Bossuet's funerary orations epitomize many of the central features of grand siècle rhetoric, religiosity, morals, and politics. Bossuet delivered ten known eulogies across the central years of Louis XIV's reign, from the 1650s through the late 1680s: while working as a canon in Metz, he memorialized Yolande de Monterby (1655), Henri de Gornay (1658), François Bourgoing (1662), and Nicolas Cornet (1663), all regional or parochial religious figures of high regard. During the years of his first four orations, his fame as a preacher and defender of Catholic orthodoxy grew; he quickly earned attention from the royal court, and was appointed to the more prestigious Bishopric of Meaux. Thus, after …

Citation: Coons, James. "Oraisons funèbres". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 February 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35711, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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