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Mirrors of French ideals?
Alison Forrestal

histories, which generally contained succinct biographies of successive bishops, ancient and contemporary.7 These were not composed as chap 6 22/3/04 174 12:54 pm Page 174 FATHERS, PASTORS AND KINGS didactic works but principally as historical records. Yet their descriptions of particular bishops at times assumed a distinctly hagiographic tone and, if only for this reason, they will on occasion be cited in the course of this chapter. One of the most noticeable features of seventeenth-century literature on the office of bishop is its marked tendency to reflect the

in Fathers, pastors and kings