How Modernity Came to a ProvenÇal Town Citizens and Clergy of Grasse

Author: Freeman, John
Williams, Roger
Contains a history of relations between the municipality and the diocese of Grasse from the origins of the city in the 12th century to the separation of church and state in 1905. Proposes that laicization of local institutions, not dechristianization, was the source of modernity in Grasse.


". . . superbly researched study. . . . The sources of this study include all the pertinent archival materials on the municipal, departmental, and ecclesiastical levels as well as an exhaustive array of secondary works. Two maps, five appendixes, a massive bibliography, and a thorough index make this book an excellent work of reference for specialists." - Church History