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Modern History Sourcebook:
Reading Guide:
Bishop Bossuet: Defending Absolutism


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  1. What position does the author of this piece hold? Who is he writing for?
  2. What principles lie behind Bishop Bossuet's theory of government? Why did would he adopt such principles?
  3. What alternative justifications for absolute monarchy are given in the other assigned readings?
  4. From your understanding of the other readings how do you think absolutism worked in practice?