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Fénelon, François de Salignac de la Mothe
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(August?, 1651, Sainte-Mondane, France – Jan 7, 1715, Cambrai, France) was a prelate, theologian, author and teacher of the Duke of Burgundy. Fénelon devoted himself initially to preaching, which inspired him to his Dialogues sur l'éloquence (ET: Dialogues on Eloquence, 1951), written in 1695 and published in 1718, and, in the context of a mission in the Saintonge after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (Huguenots), was concerned for the conversion of Protestants. As an adherent of the circle surrounding J.B. Bossuet, he moved in courtly circles, wrote his …

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le Brun, Jacques, “Fénelon, François de Salignac de la Mothe”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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