Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

Portrait of Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet by [[Hyacinthe Rigaud]] Jacques-Bénigne Lignel Bossuet (; 27 September 1627 – 12 April 1704) was a French bishop and theologian, renowned for his sermons and other addresses. He has been considered by many to be one of the most brilliant orators of all time and a masterly French stylist.

Court preacher to Louis XIV of France, Bossuet was a strong advocate of political absolutism and the divine right of kings. He argued that government was divine and that kings received their power from God. He was also an important courtier and politician.

The works best known to English speakers are three great orations delivered at the funerals of Queen Henrietta Maria, widow of Charles I of England (1669), her daughter, Henriette, Duchess of Orléans (1670), and the outstanding soldier ''le Grand Condé'' (1687).

His work ''Discours sur l'histoire universelle'' (or ''Discourse on Universal History'') (1681) is regarded by many Catholics as an actualization or second edition of the ''City of God'' of St. Augustine of Hippo. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1731
Printed by R. Reily; and sold by J. and J. Bonwicke, and S. Austen, in St. paul Churchyard; J. Hazard, near Stationers Hall, and J. Newton, in Little Britain

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1703
Printed for M.T. and sold by Fran... in the Inner Temple-Lane

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1767
printed for David Steel, at the Bible and Crown; Little Tower-Hill

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1762
printed by A. Donaldson and J. Reid. For Alexander Donaldson

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1778
Printed for T. Evans, near York-Buildings in the Strand; J. Sewell, in Cornhill, and W. Fox, Holborn

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1707
chez David Mortier, Libraire dans le Strand, à L'Enseigne D'Erasme

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1730
printed by R. Reily; and sold by J. and J. Bonwick, and S. Austen, in St. Paul's Churchyard; J. Hazard, near Stationers Hall; and J. Newton, in Little Britain

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1778
sold by B. White, Fleet-Street; E. and C. Dilly, Poultry; J. Robson and Co. Bond-Street; J. Ridley, St. Jameses-Street; J. Walter, Charing-Cross; P. Elmsly, Strand; and J. Bew, Paternoster-Row

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1800
printed for W. Clarke, New Bond Street, by S. Gosnell, Little Queen Street, Holborn

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1800
printed [by S. Gosnell] for W. Clarke, New Bond Street

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1800
printed at Newby's Office, Higher End of the Market-Place

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by Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne
Published 1702
Chez Pierre de Varrennes, marchand libraire dans le Strand proche de Sommersethouse a l'Ensiegne de seneque