Thursday, September 28, 2017

Was Molière on Index Librorum Prohibitorum? It Seems to be Not the Case! (quora)

Why was Tartuffe banned by the Catholic Church?

Hans-Georg Lundahl
Studied religions as curious parallels and contrasts to Xtian faith since 9, 10?
Answered 54m ago
As far as I know, it wasn’t.


Le Tartuffe ou l'Imposteur

Les trois premiers actes de Tartuffe, pièce dans laquelle Molière fustige l'hypocrisie et la perversité morale des dévots, furent présentés en 1664 à Versailles. Molière fut accusé d'athéisme et la pièce fut interdite pendant cinq ans.


In other words, it was not the Church, but the King of France (or possibly clergy close to him, in Versailles) which got the play banned for five years, in France.

It might even have been the Church which had the ban lifted after that time.

Edit : it seems an Italian translation of it was banned, by Girolamo Gigli.

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