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Jacques Leschassier, Senlis and the freedoms of the Gallicana Church (1607)


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Context (Linguistics)
Grammar, Comparative and general--Context
Situation (Linguistics)
Political power
Empowerment (Social sciences)
Power (Social sciences)
Acts, Legislative
Legislative enactments
Laws (Statutes)
Enactments, Legislative
Legislative acts


In the political context of the Venice Interdit, Jacques Leschassier, a lawyer in the Parliament and correspondent for Paolo Sarpi, defends Senlis’ chanoins. The latter are opposed to their bishop, which, according to tridentine legislation, denies them the right to issue dimissoires. The publication of erudits works reconstituting the canonic code of the primitive church accompanies the victory of the Paris lawyer. The conduct of the trial and its ecclesiological challenges shed light on two aspects of its reception: the enthusiastic advertising of the great Parisian gallicans; locally, the significance of gallicanic freedoms and the social consequences of weakening the episcopal power.

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