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The Concile National of 1811: Napoleon, Gallicanism and the Failure of Neo-Conciliarism

Caiani, Ambrogio A. (2019) The Concile National of 1811: Napoleon, Gallicanism and the Failure of Neo-Conciliarism. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 70 (3). pp. 546-564. ISSN 0022-0469. E-ISSN 1469-7637. (doi:10.1017/S0022046918001999) (KAR id:67285)


The concile national of 1811 was, among, the greatest flashpoints in the struggle that pitted the Napoleonic Empire against the papacy. The concile deserves to be situated within more recent historiographical trends. This incident reveals much about the nature of Napoleonic imperialism and the Church’s distrust for the power of the state. This article puts forward the view that the failure of the concile national was not strategic but tactical. Several bishops were frustrated with the pope’s recalcitrance over episcopal investiture and fearful of schism. Their initial openness to neo-conciliarism turned to hostility when confronted with the state’s intolerance.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0022046918001999
Uncontrolled keywords: Napoleon, Empire, Imperial, Pius VII, Catholic Church, Ecclesiastical History
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > DC France
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Ambrogio Caiani
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 08:44 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 08:24 UTC
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