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Fénelon, François (1651–1715)

  1. Steven Smith

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0536

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Smith, S. 2011. Fénelon, François (1651–1715). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


François de Salignac de La Mothe-Fénelon was born the fourteenth child in his family in Périgord, France, on August 6, 1651. He died in Cambrai on January 7, 1715. At the age of 12, he enrolled in the college of Cahors, and three years later at the college of Du Plessis in Paris under the tutelage of his bishop and uncle, Marquis Antoine de Fénelon. Marquis Fénelon provoked him to enter Saint-Sulpice seminary, and after graduation he continued in the parish at Saint-Sulpice. He had ambitions for the mission field, but his work was primarily among the poor of his native France.


  • Fénelon, François (1651–1715);
  • ambitions for the mission field, the poor of France;
  • a treatise on the education of girls;
  • preceptor, to duke of burgundy;
  • the dialogue of death and télémaque;
  • fénelon's enduring legacy, devotional literature