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La géographie religieuse cérémonielle : les cérémonies catholiques à Bar-le-Duc aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles

Abstract : A ceremonial and religious geography : catholics ceremonies in Bar-le-Duc during 17th and 18th centuries. During 17th and 18th centuries, Bar-le-Duc is again, formally, the capital city of duchy of Bar ; it maintains establishments and the castle. But really, it is far away from central powers : dukes of Bar don’t live here because they live in Nancy or Lunéville, or are exiled during wars ; the bishop of Toul rarely visits. Religious life suffers from wars, and parishioners encounter difficulties because the parish church is too outlying. The Conseil de Ville (the Town Council) owns the real local power and manages the religious life, with more opportunities and freedom than other cities. The Conseil de Ville values all elements which prove its adherence to catholic world. Ceremonies show an ideal and perfect geography of the town, not its real appearance. The most important ceremonies, the Feast of Corpus Christi, accentuates the area of ville haute (old town), churches and convents, but forgets popular and recent areas. The procession during this Feast shows an ideal and hierarchized society, who is gathered later during a dinner. Locals ceremonies follows the same purpose : to show the resistance of the city in front of Protestantism presented as a threat, to idealize the urban space and its inhabitants.
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Aurore Benad. La géographie religieuse cérémonielle : les cérémonies catholiques à Bar-le-Duc aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles. Annales de l'Est, Association d'historiens de l'Est, 2016. ⟨hal-02907512⟩



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