By Nicholas Hammond, Michael Moriarty
This number of essays by way of best students from France, nice Britain and North the USA is released in honour of Peter Bayley, former Drapers Professor of French on the collage of Cambridge and a number one pupil of early sleek France. the amount displays his scholarly curiosity within the interface among faith, rhetoric and literature within the interval 1500-1800. the 1st 3 sections of the booklet are involved in the early smooth interval. The individuals ponder topics together with the eloquence of oration from the pulpit, the connection among faith, tradition and trust, and the function of theatre and rite throughout the 17th century. They have interaction with contributors reminiscent of the theologian Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, the dramatists Molière, Racine and Corneille, and the philosophers Bayle and Pascal. the quantity concludes with a piece that's concerned about serious impacts and contexts from the 16th, eighteenth and 19th centuries. all through, the authors supply stimulating new views on an age that by no means ceases to intrigue and fascinate.