Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

1627 - 1704

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Jacques-Bénigne Lignel Bossuet (French: [bɔsɥɛ]; 27 September 1627 – 12 April 1704) was a French bishop and theologian, renowned for his sermons and other addresses. He has been considered by many to be one of the most brilliant orators of all time and a masterly French stylist. Court preacher to Louis XIV of France, Bossuet was a strong advocate of political absolutism and the divine right of kings. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet has received more than 274,605 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet is the 371st most popular writer (down from 357th in 2019), the 408th most popular biography from France (down from 397th in 2019) and the 65th most popular French Writer.

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Among writers, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet ranks 371 out of 5,794. Before him are Shams Tabrizi, Alphonse de Lamartine, Mikhail Sholokhov, John Galsworthy, Heinrich Mann, and Joseph Roth. After him are Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Jorge Amado, Auguste Escoffier, Paul Auster, Richard Bach, and Hector Malot.

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Among people born in 1627, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet ranks 4Before him are Robert Boyle, Shivaji, and Turhan Hatice Sultan. After him are Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier, Aşub Sultan, John Ray, Willem van Aelst, Samuel Dirksz van Hoogstraten, Countess Louise Henriette of Nassau, Mohammad-Baqer Majlesi, and Landgravine Charlotte of Hesse-Kassel. Among people deceased in 1704, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet ranks 3Before him are John Locke and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. After him are Guillaume de l'Hôpital, Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Jean-Baptiste Denys, Georg Muffat, Princess Frederica Amalia of Denmark, Charles Plumier, Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve, and Menno van Coehoorn.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet ranks 408 out of 5,234. Before him are Jean-François Lyotard (1924), Alfred Binet (1857), Odilon Redon (1840), Robert Campin (1375), François-Noël Babeuf (1760), and Robert I of France (860). After him are Charles Le Brun (1619), Louis-Nicolas Davout (1770), Pierre Laval (1883), Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran (1845), Auguste Escoffier (1847), and Avitus (395).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet ranks 65Before him are André Malraux (1901), Théophile Gautier (1811), Jean Genet (1910), Arthur de Gobineau (1816), Jacques Prévert (1900), and Alphonse de Lamartine (1790). After him are Auguste Escoffier (1847), Hector Malot (1830), Patrick Modiano (1945), Paul Éluard (1895), Georges Bataille (1897), and Louise de La Vallière (1644).