Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet  

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Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (September 27, 1627 - April 12, 1704) was a French bishop and theologian, considered one of the best orators of all time and a masterly French stylist.

He is known for such sermons as "Sermon on Death".

Court preacher to Louis XIV of France, Bossuet was a strong advocate of political absolutism and the divine right of kings. He argued that government was divine and that kings received their power from God. He was also an important courtier and politician.

The works best known to English speakers are three great orations delivered at the funerals of Henrietta Maria, widow of Charles I of England (1669), her daughter, Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orléans (1670), and the outstanding soldier Le Grand Condé (1687).




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