Bernard Cottret

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Bernard Cottret
Born Cottret
Residence France
Nationality French
Education Master's degree, Ph.D
Alma mater École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Paris West University Nanterre La Défense
Occupation Teacher
Employer Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University
Known for Historian and anglicist

Bernard Cottret, born in 1951 at Boulogne-Billancourt, is a French Historian and anglicist.[1]


Coming from a family of painters and musicians, Bernard (Jean) Cottret is the son of Bernard Cottret (1923–2011) and Geneviève Aurel († 1999), singers. After secondary studies at the lycée Descartes of Rabat and at the lycée Chaptal in Paris, he graduates from the École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines.[2] Reserve officer, he was from 1992 to 2011 civilization of the British Isles and America's colonial teacher at the Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University, where he is now Professor Emeritus.[3] He founded the department of humanities ; he is also Honorary Senior of the Institut Universitaire de France, member of the IRCOM, Paris IV. Bernard Cottret is the author of forty books, written alone or in collaboration, and address in a comparative perspective the history of the British Isles, colonial America and France. He also published fifty chapters or articles in edited books and forty articles in academic journals, not to mention numerous participations in radio or television. Some of these works have been translated into English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Japanese, Korean, Turkish and Georgian. Several trials are on the Protestant Reformation and religious issues, in their relationship with politics. He has given over 200 lectures in France, Ireland, Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Canada and the United States. He organizes an annual summer seminar in partnership with Germany and Poland[4][not in citation given].


It is primarily as historian he approached the Protestant Reformation, reading Lucien Febvre and benefiting from education from Robert Mandrou and Élisabeth Labrousse. Meeting later Jean Delumeau and Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, the friendship of Jean Malaurie, of Laurent Theis, of Marianne Carbonnier and some other have confirmed his intellectual and spiritual direction, favoring freedom of expression and of thought of all conformism.[5] Terre d’Exil (Land of Exile), published in 1985, allowed him to use the Huguenot immigration to understand English society in the sixteenth - and seventeenth centuries. In 1993, Christopher Hill welcomed in Renaissance Quarterly (Renaissance Quarterly) the English translation[6] of "a very interesting book on a subject that has not been sufficiently addressed by historians of English"[this quote needs a citation], while stressing the relevance for our time of an analysis of migration and adaptation[7][not in citation given]. The English translation of Calvin: A Biography (2000) was well received and described by the publication of The Institute on Religion and Public Life as the best of recent biographies.[8][9]


From 1988 to 2002, Bernard Cottret was a member of the Scientific Council of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. He argued in 1988 at the Paris West University Nanterre La Défense a Doctoral thesis in Letters dedicated to Bolingbroke, spurned politician, who in France, became "philosopher Englishman" and initiated the ideas of Voltaire compatriots overseas Channel. It led, at the request of Jonathan Clark, to a book in English devoted to the political work of Bolingbroke, and Enlightenment conservative : The Conservative Enlightenment.

The Académie française awarded several of his books (price of history Monseigneur-Marcel, silver medal in 1992 for Cromwell, price of history François-Millepierres in 2003 for the La Révolution américaine).[10] He also received in 1997 the prix Budget from the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres for Calvin, and more recently with his wife Monique Cottret, the award Pierre-Georges Castex of the French Literature of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques in 2006 for Jean-Jacques Rousseau en son temps. The Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques awarded him in July 2011 with the prize Charles-Aubert-Histoire for all of his work.

Bernard Cottret is senior honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France,[11] member of the institut de recherche sur les civilisations de l’Occident moderne (Institute for Research on modern Western civilization) at the Paris-Sorbonne University. He participated to the creation of the Prix national du livre médiéval : Provins patrimoine mondial (National Book award medieval : Provins World Heritage), which was presented for the first time at Michel Pastoureau, the 16th of September 2007, for his book L’Ours, histoire d’un roi déchu (The Bear story of a fallen king). In December 2007, he was appointed member of the André Kaspi Committee on the public commemorations, secretary of defense in charge of veterans. He currently participates at the scientific committee Jean-Jacques Rousseau of the national celebrations in 2012 at the Ministry of Culture, Directorate of Archives of France. His biography is published in the Who's Who in France since 2009.[12]


  • Terre d’exil. L’Angleterre et ses réfugiés (Exile. England and its refugees), Aubier, Paris, 1985. (ISBN 2700722043)
  • La Glorieuse Révolution d’Angleterre, 1688 (The Glorious Revolution of England, 1688), Gallimard, Paris, 1988. (ISBN 2070712605)
  • Le Christ des Lumières. Jésus, de Newton à Voltaire (Christ the Enlightenment. Jesus, from Newton to Voltaire), Le Cerf, Paris, 1990, réédition CNRS, 2011. (ISBN 2204040983)
  • (Italian) Il cristo dei Lumi, Morcelliana, Brescia, 1992.
  • The Huguenots in England. Immigration and Settlement c.1550-1700, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991.
  • Cromwell, Fayard, Paris, 1992.
  • Bolingbroke, exil et écriture au siècle des Lumières. Angleterre-France (vers 1715-vers 1750) (Bolingbroke exile and writing in the Enlightenment. England-France (1715-1750)), Paris, Klincksieck, 1992.
  • 1598, l’Édit de Nantes. Pour en finir avec les guerres de religion (1598, the Edict of Nantes. To end the wars of religion), Perrin, Paris, 1997. (ISBN 9782262012083)
  • Bolingbroke’s Political Writings. The Conservative Enlightenment, Basingstoke, Macmillan 1997, 436 p.; id., New York, St Martin's Press, 1997, 436 p.
  • John Calvin, W.B.Eerdmans, Grand Rapids (Mich.), 2000.
  • Henri VIII. Le pouvoir par la force (Henri VIII, power by force), Payot, Paris, 2005. (ISBN 2360510169)
  • La Renaissance, 1492-1598. Civilisation et barbarie (The Renaissance, 1492-1598. Civilization and barbarism), Éditions de Paris, Paris, 2000. (ISBN 2-84621-001-2)
  • Histoire de la Réforme protestante (History of the Protestant Reformation), Perrin, Paris, 2001. (ISBN2262032327)
  • Du patriotisme aux nationalismes (1700-1848) (From patriotism to nationalism (1700-1848)), Créaphis, Paris, 2002. (ISBN 2-913610-23-4)
  • La Révolution américaine (The American Revolution), Perrin, Paris, janvier 2003. Version poche Tempus, 2004. (ISBN 2-262-01821-9)
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, en son temps (Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his period) (with Monique Cottret), Perrin, Paris, 2005. (ISB 2262021287)
  • Cosmopolitismes, patriotismes. Europe et Amérique 1773-1802 (Cosmopolitanisms, patriotism. Europe and America 1773-1802), Rennes, Les Perséides, 2005, 216 p. With Marc Belissa. (ISBN 978-2-915596-10-6)
  • Le Jardin. Figures et métamorphoses (Garden. Figures and metamorphoses), Dijon, EUD, 2005, 316 p. With Anne-Marie Brenot. (ISBN 2915552320)
  • Convertir/Se convertir. Regards croisés sur l’histoire des missions chrétiennes (Convert/To convert. Perspectives on the History of Christian Missions), Paris, Nolin, 2006, 202 p., with Jan Borm, Jean-François Zorn. (ISBN 2910487288)
  • Sainte ou sorcière ? L’héroïsme chrétien au féminin (Saint or witch? The feminine Christian heroism), Paris, Éditions de Paris, 2006. With V. Alemany, M. Cottret, 272 p. (ISBN 2-84621-076-4)
  • Histoire de l’Angleterre. De Guillaume le Conquérant à nos jours (History of England. From Guillaume le Conquérant to nowadays), Paris, Tallandier, janvier 2007, 610 p. (ISBN 978-2-84734-262-8)
  • Naissance de l’Amérique du Nord, Actes fondateurs 1607-1776 (Birth of North America, founding acts 1607-1776 ), Paris, Indes savantes, 2008. (ISBN 2846542007)
  • La République et le Royaume (Republic and the United), Éditions de Paris, Paris, 2008. (ISBN 2846211116)
  • Calvin. Traité des reliques (Calvin. Treatise on Relics), Éditions de Paris, Paris, 2008. (ISBN 2846211108)
  • La royauté au féminin. Élisabeth Ire d'Angleterre (Royalty in female. Elizabeth I of England), Paris, Fayard, 2009. (ISBN 2213643172)
  • Karl Marx, une vie entre romantisme et révolution (Karl Marx, a life between Romanticism and Revolution), Perrin, Paris, 2010. (ISBN 226203270X)
  • Savoir et pouvoir au siècle des Lumières (Know and be able to Enlightenment), Éditions de Paris, 2011 (With J. Borm and Monique Cottret). (ISBN 978-2-84621-147-5)
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Lettre à Christophe de Beaumont (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, letter at Christophe de Beaumont), Gollion, Infolio, 2012, with Monique Cottret). (ISBN 978-2-88474-859-9)
  • Thomas More. La face cachée des Tudors (Thomas More. The hidden face of the Tudors), Tallandier, 2012. (ISBN 2847348034)


  1. ^ (French)Thomas More par Bernard Cottret
  2. ^ (French)Bernard Cottret
  3. ^ (French)Bernard Cottret
  4. ^ (French)Bernard Cottret
  5. ^ (French)L’Appel : L’Historien et la Foi, Paris, Fayard, 1996, p. 67–79.
  6. ^ Cambridge University Press[clarification needed]
  7. ^ (French)COTTRET
  8. ^ Moore, T. M. (April 2001). "Calvin: A Biography". First Things. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  9. ^ Jeffreys, Derek (June 2001). "Perfectly Conservative". The Review of Politics 63 (3). Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  10. ^ (French)Bernard COTTRET
  11. ^ (French)L'Édit de Nantes ou la victoire de la politique
  12. ^ (French)Bernard Cottret

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