Fénelon's cuckoo: Andrew Michael Ramsay and Archbishop Fenelon

Mansfield, Andrew (2014) Fénelon's cuckoo: Andrew Michael Ramsay and Archbishop Fenelon. In: Ahn, Doohwan, Schmitt-Maaß, Christoph and Stockhorst, Stefanie (eds.) Fenelon in the Enlightenment: traditions, adaptations, and variations. Internationale forschungen zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden literaturwissenschaft . Rodopi Press, Amsterdam and New York, pp. 73-93. ISBN 9789042038172

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Abstract

As a former associate of François Fénelon and the editor of his papers and works, Andrew Michael Ramsay was well placed to act as the Archbishop’s first biographer. While Ramsay’s 'Vie de Fénelon' (1723) became the template for nearly two hundred years of later biographers, the work reveals Ramsay’s manipulation of the political principles of Fénelon as he promoted a Jacobite restoration to the British throne. In conjunction with his earlier political works, Ramsay promulgated a vision of Fénelon’s political and spiritual ideas that were misleading. This chapter discusses Ramsay’s impact on the legacy of Fénelon and the motivations for his intervention.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
D History General and Old World
J Political Science
P Language and Literature
Depositing User: Andy Mansfield
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 14:45
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2016 09:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47313
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