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Péréfixe regularly updated Mazarin on Louis’s education and seems to have enjoyed good relations with the cardinal (apart from one moment of hesitation during the latter’s exile in 1651—see Lacour-Gayet 143). It is unsurprising, then, that a certain continuity between the two is apparent, especially given that Péréfixe was almost certainly Mazarin’s choice. Whether directly or indirectly, it was Mazarin who exerted the greatest influence on the young Louis XIV. If Mazarin and Péréfixe appear to have shared a common view of kingship, it is possible that Péréfixe was more interested in matters overtly religious than the cardinal.

Péréfixe’s role in both the Tartuffe controversy and the Jansenist debacle will be discussed in detail in Chapter 5. The Theatre In the meantime, and in preparation for our examination of the Tartuffe controversy in the chapters that follow, we turn to the theatre and in particular to its involuntary function in postreformation France as a touchstone for devotion (or a lack thereof). It will be seen that the French Church never succeeded in convincing en masse either the public or the powers that be (or were) of the theatre’s inherent The Struggle for Influence 29 corruption.

Interestingly, d’Aubignac’s main objection is to religious theatre in performance. He writes, “Les pieces de cette qualité peuvent estre leüs avec plaisir et mesme avec fruit, mais elles ne peuvent estre joüées publiquement sans produire les mauvais effets dont nous avons parlé” (331) (These kinds of plays may be read with pleasure and even fruitfully, but they cannot be performed in public without producing the pernicious effects that we have discussed). His is a particularly interesting point of view given that one solution to the theatrical dilemma that had been put forward was to promote religious drama, which might (in theory, at least) be used to edify its audience (Chill 163).

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