Article ID: CBB072631047

“A Simple, Short, and Exact Account of the Facts”? The Nouvelles Ecclésiastiques in the Eighteenth-Century French Information Press (2023)


Starling, Drew (Author)

French Historical Studies
Volume: 46
Issue: 1
Pages: 89-124
Publication date: 2023
Language: English

This article examines how material constraints thought to stifle political news' production in France actually encouraged a small number of Jansenist priests, their lay defenders, and book-trade workers to develop new printing methods and a sophisticated print distribution system that enabled them to skirt policing in the production and distribution of the Nouvelles ecclésiastiques (1728–1803). The existence of the Nouvelles ecclésiastiques outside the official book trade liberated its authors to include content that no other paper could. The dense religious dispute about which it sought to inform readers, coupled with its uninitiated target audience, encouraged its authors not just to report the news but also to explain it in highly partisan terms. In so doing, the Nouvelles ecclésiastiques provided many readers with an initiation into news reading. While the news reported concerned a religious controversy, it worked to reshape how readers thought about religion and politics in early eighteenth-century France.

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Authors & Contributors
Adelman, Joseph M.
Belknap, Geoffrey
Bret, Patrice
Chatzis, Konstantinos
Fiocca, Alessandra
Hilaire-Pérez, Liliane
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Book History
British Journal for the History of Science
Early American Studies
Historia Mathematica
Journal of Jesuit Studies
Johns Hopkins University Press
l'Harmattan, Impr. Corlet
University of Chicago Press
Yale University Press
Technology and religion
Periodicals; serials
Technology and politics
Publishers and publishing
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Boncompagni, Baldassare
Luther, Martin
Carey, Mathew
Cranach, Lucas
Li Wenyu (1840–1911)
Wu hou, Empress of China (624-705)
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
16th century
15th century
17th century
20th century, early
Great Britain
Rome (Italy)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
British East India Company
London Times

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