Religion, Revolution, and Regional Culture in Eighteenth-Century France
The Ecclesiastical Oath of 1791
Timothy Tackett


The imposition of a loyalty oath on French clergymen in the winter of 1790 was a turning point in the Revolutionary decade after 1789. What is more, there is a remarkable similarity between the geography of this oath--the regional percentages of those who accepted or rejected it--and the geographic patterns of religious practice and political behavior persisting into the twentieth century. Timothy Tackett investigates the origins and nature of this fascinating phenomenon.

First published in 1986.

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