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The Complete Fenelon

Translated By: Robert J. Edmonson
Paraclete Press / 2008 / Paperback

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Francois Fenelon was a seventeenth-century French archbishop who rose to a position of influence in the court of Louis XIV. Amid the splendor and decadence of Versailles, Fenelon became a wise mentor to many members of the king's court. Later exiled for political reasons, he set out to improve the lot of peasants in his diocese. His letters of counsel and spiritual meditations have found a wide audience for more than three centuries.

In this Christian classic, The Complete Fenelon, his writings have been translated and edited for a new generation of readers. This volume contains more than 100 letters of spiritual direction, 85 meditations on living the Christian life, and reflections on twenty-one seasons and holidays of the Christian year. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 490
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1557256071
ISBN-13: 9781557256072
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The most engaging collection of the French mystics’ writings now available

Twenty-first century Christians are now discovering the wisdom of this controversial theologian and spiritual thinker. Fenelon showed how it was possible to have devotion and faith in the original Age of Reason. In many respects, rationality still rules today in religion and culture, and as a result, Fenelon speaks to modern Christians wanting deeper faith and a meaningful inner life.

His writings have never been as accessible as they are now in these lively new translations. The Complete Fénelon includes more than one hundred of Fenelon’s letters of spiritual counsel, as well as meditations on eighty-five other topics. Also translated here into English for the first time are Fenelon’s personal reflections on twenty-one seasons and holidays of the Christian year. An introduction from bestselling translator Robert J. Edmonson and in-depth recommended reading and bibliography make this the first place to start in any study of Francois Fenelon.

François Fénelon was a seventeenth-century French archbishop who rose to a position of influence in the court of Louis XIV. Amid the splendor and decadence of Versailles, Fénelon became a wise mentor to many members of the king’s court. Later exiled for political reasons, he set out to improve the lot of peasants of his diocese. His letters of counsel and spiritual meditations have found a wide audience for more than three centuries.

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Francois Fenelon was a seventeenth-century French archbishop who rose to a position of influence in the court of Louis XIV. Amid the splendor and decadence of Versailles, Fenelon became a wise mentor to many members of the king's court. Later exiled for a political reasons, he set out to improve the lot of peasants of his diocese. His letters of counsel and spiritual meditations have found a wide audience for more than three centuries.

Robert J. Edmonson, CJ, holds a certificate in French from the University of Montpellier (France) and a degree in French from Middlebury College. His translations of spiritual classics includes Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God and Terese of Lisieux's The Story of a Soul: A New Translation, and have sold nearly 100,000 copies.

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