William Mann, FSC, D.Min., Richard Tristano, Ph.D., Gregory Wright, FSC, Ph.D.


A bibliography focused on France in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries and, particularly, on such topics as: Church, Counter-Reformation, Jansenism, Gallicanism, Quietism, Culture, Family, Women, Children, Poor & Peasantry, Education, Rheims, and Rouen. It is intended to provide the English-speaking audience with a social and historical context for situating and for understanding the life of John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719) and the origins (1679-1726) of the Lasallian educational mission begun by the Brothers of the Christian Schools.


Bibliography: France in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

About the Authors

William Mann, FSC, D.Min.

Brother William Mann, FSC, who holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1990), is president emeritus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is a former vicar general of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (2000-2007), who served as president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from 2008 to 2018 and as president of the International Association of La Salle Universities from 2015 to 2018.

Richard Tristano, Ph.D.

Richard M. Tristano is professor of history at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (since 1991). He is an alumnus of Manhattan College and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in history from New York University in 1983.

Gregory Wright, FSC, Ph.D.

A native of New Orleans, Brother Gregory Wright, FSC, has been a De La Salle Brother since August 1945. He received his primary and secondary education in New Orleans and Lafayette, and in 1952 received his B.A. in Social Studies and English from St. Michael’s College (after 1965 the College of Santa Fe.) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Between 1959 and 1964 he earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in European History from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition in 1976-77 and 1980-83 while living in Rome he further immersed himself in various aspects of European and related history. Between 1958 and 1988 he served as a faculty member and in other capacities at his undergraduate alma mater. Having done his dissertation on St. John Baptist de La Salle as a minor historical figure of the Age of Louis XIV, during the 21 years he was a faculty member at De LaSalle University – Manila, Philippines, he continued his research on the Founder of his religious order while making Lasallian presentations to interested groups. Shortly before he left Manila De La Salle University awarded him the St. La Salle Medal in recognition of his contributions to Lasallian research. Since returning to his home District he has continued doing some research and writing on the Founder while composing a monthly Lasallian Essay for the NO-SF District News & Notes that is shared with some other areas of the Institute.

ISSN: 2151-2515
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