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Politics and TheaterThe Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815-1830$
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Sheryl Kroen

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222144

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222144.001.0001

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The Missionaries

The Missionaries

Expiation and the Resacralization of the King’s Two Bodies

(p.76) Chapter Two The Missionaries
Politics and Theater

Sheryl Kroen

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the missionaries orchestrating a religious revival in these years which also used their public spectacles to reassert the legitimacy of the Bourbon monarchy; however, their approach could not have been more different from that of the regime. It notes that in their four– eight-week-long revivals, culminating in processions which were truly the mass spectacles of the Restoration, the missionaries worked day and night to reconvert the population into practicing Catholics. It demonstrates how these clergymen directly transposed the struggles of the revolutionary era to the Restoration, and sets the stage for understanding how and why it was during the Restoration that “the transferral of sacrality to the secular and liberal principles of the nation” was finally accomplished.

Keywords:   missionaries, religious revival, Bourbon monarchy, Restoration, Catholics, revolutionary era, sacrality, secular

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