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Jacques Bénigne Bossuet (1627–1704)

Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne (bo-sü-ā’). A French theologian and pulpit orator; born at Dijon, Sept. 27, 1627; died on April 12, 1704. He became in 1681 Bishop of Meaux. The ‘History of the Variations of the Protestant Churches’ (1688) is still a standard work. One of his most elaborate works is the ‘Defense of the Famous Declaration which the Gallican Clergy Approved regarding the Power of the Church’ (1730). Hardly less celebrated is his ‘Discourse upon Universal History down to the Empire of Charlemagne’ (1681). His ‘Complete Works,’ in 46 vols., were published by the Benedictines (1815–19). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).