Accounts of early Christian history in the thought of François Guizot, Benjamin Constant and Madame de Staël 1800–c.1833

@article{Robinson2017AccountsOE,
  title={Accounts of early Christian history in the thought of François Guizot, Benjamin Constant and Madame de Sta{\"e}l 1800–c.1833},
  author={Lucian Robinson},
  journal={History of European Ideas},
  year={2017},
  volume={43},
  pages={628 - 648}
}
ABSTRACT This article compares different historical accounts of early Christianity written by François Guizot, Benjamin Constant and Madame de Staël and shows that they played a significant role in the construction of their ideas about religious tolerance and political liberty in ancient and modern states. In his 1812 translation of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Guizot used his editorial footnotes to oppose Gibbon’s sceptical representation of the early Church and to assert that… Expand

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