Adelaide d'Orleans (1698-1743): The Abbess of Chelles

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Adelaide d'Orleans is understood to be the model for one of the characters in Denis Diderot's anti-clerical novel, La Religieuse. As a member of the French Royal family, and also a Benedictine nun, she attracted hostility and scrutiny in Enlightenment France. Her real, as distinct from her imagined, life shows a variety of activities and influences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen enlightenment and Catholicism
Subtitle of host publicationA transnational biographical history
EditorsUlrich L. Lehner
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315123394
ISBN (Print)9781138687622 , 9781138687639
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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