Modern History Sourcebook:
Bishop Bossuet: Defending Absolutism
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- What position does the author of this piece hold? Who is he
- What principles lie behind Bishop Bossuet's theory of government?
Why did would he adopt such principles?
- What alternative justifications for absolute monarchy are
given in the other assigned readings?
- From your understanding of the other readings how do you think
absolutism worked in practice?