Excerpt from The British Magazine, and Monthly Register of Religious and Ecclesiastical Information, Parochial History, and Documents Respecting the State of the Poor, Progress of Education, &C., 1838, Vol. 13
The political and literary condition of France, under the vigorous rule of Louis XIV., had no inconsiderable inﬂuence on the ecclesias tical learning of the period. That magnificent prince determined to be the king of all his subjects. He was led, alike by inclination and policy, to humble the ride of Rome, by encouraging the clergy of his dominions to exert wi boldness the privileges of the national church. The patronage he aﬂ'orded to literature in general was not denied to learned churchmen. The example of the sovereign and his ministers communicated to the nobility and prelates of France a disposition to appreciate and reward professional merit; and, accordingly, ecclesias tical studies ﬂourished not less than other branches of learning in the Augustan age of French literature.
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