Australian Journal of French Studies

The Abbé Paulmier and the Rights of Man: the French Mission for the Terres australes

Australian Journal of French Studies (2013), 50, (1), 87–99.

Abstract

In the Abbé Jean Paulmier's Mémoires it is clear that the Gonneville story is the main element in Paulmier's rhetorical strategy to achieve his goal of the establishment of a mission in the Terres australes. In recent times, controversy surrounding the Gonneville story, to which only the first two chapters of the Mémoires are devoted, has overshadowed Paulmier's mission project proper, which is developed in the following ten chapters. In this article, I shall focus on the central argument of Paulmier's missionary proposal, which, while strongly anchored in the debates taking place in seventeenth-century France concerning missionary endeavour, is unique in its concern with the rights of the "Indians" to be evangelised.

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Sankey, Margaret