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The Classical Sermon

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This chapter examines the oratory of a particularly prolific preacher in early seventeenth-century France: Bishop Jean-Pierre Camus (15841652), an extraordinarily prolific exemplar of the Baroque tradition and then turns to sermons of two of the preachers Jacoebee presented as exemplars of the classical sermon: Bishop Jacques- Bénigne Bossuet (16271704), and Louis Bourdaloue, S.J. (16321704). It also examines how their preaching was and was not like that of Camus, and how they did or did not focus on ethical themes. The chapter considers whether a sharp contrast is justified, and also assesses how Bossuet and Bourdaloue remained influential as preachers in the eighteenth century, through editions of their published sermons. It compares their sermons with their contemporary, John Tillotson (163094), an Anglican preacher and archbishop of Canterbury.

Keywords: Bishop Jacques- Bénigne Bossuet; Bishop Jean-Pierre Camus; Canterbury; classical sermon; John Tillotson; Louis Bourdaloue S.J



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