Bossuet, Jacques-Bénigne: Exposition de la doctrine de l’Église catholique sur les matières de controverse, par messire Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, […]
Nouvelle édition augmentée de la traduction latine de Mr l’abbé Fleury, […] avec une préface historique et critique (par l’abbé Lequeux).
Paris, 1761. Chez G. Desprez. CXXII +  + CIV + 256 p.
The man behind the book
Bossuet (1627–1704) was a French bishop and theologian, he has been considered by many to be one of the most brilliant orators of all time and a masterly French stylist.
As 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. Bossuet possessed the full equipment of the orator, voice, language, flexibility and strength. He never needed to strain for effect; his genius struck out at a single blow the thought, the feeling and the word.
The works best known to English speakers are three great orations delivered at the funerals of Queen Henrietta Maria, widow of Charles I of England.