"Forrestal's work is important in locating the iconic Vincent de Paul within the complex world of Catholic Renewal. She not only shows how de Paul's activities were embedded in Old Regime practices but also highlights how the Lazarist mission contributed to the rise of the absolutist state."
"Alison Forrestal's excellent new study contextualizes Vincent de Paul's trajectory from unknown, benefice-hunting priest to member of the highest-ranking royal council responsible for the appointment of French bishops towards the end of his life. Exploring a wealth of regional archives next to those of the CongrÃ©gation de la Mission, she is the first to deliver a critical historical study of Vincent de Paul and the Lazarists outside hagiographic parameters and which is fully embedded in the current historiographical horizon of the debate on Catholic Reform and French social and political history."BY:ebook777.com