Jean-Baptiste Pallegoix

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Jean-Baptiste Pallegoix, M.E.P. (October 24, 1805–June 18, 1862) was vicar apostolic of Eastern Siam.

Born in Combertault, France, he was consecrated as a priest of the Société des Missions Etrangères on May 31, 1828. On June 3, 1838 he was assigned as Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Siam and titular bishop of Mallus. He was consecrated the same day by Bishop Jean-Paul-Hilaire-Michel Courvezy, the vicar apostolic of Siam.[1] On September 10, 1841 he succeeded Courvezy and became vicar apostolic of Eastern Siam.

Bishop Pallegoix was highly esteemed by King Mongkut, and they often discussed issues with each other. The king even personally assisted at Pallegoix' funeral.

Writings[edit]

The government of Siam is despotic in the full significance of the term. The King is feared and respected almost like a God. Nobody dares look him in the face. When the courtiers attend audiences they remain prostrated on their knees and elbows. When His Majesty passes somewhere, everybody throws himself to the ground and those who would not do this surely risk to have their eyes punctured by the archers who precede and who launch quite skillfully earthen balls with the bow they always hold ready flexed.

—Jean-Baptiste Pallegoix, first paragraph of the chapter “On the Government of the Thai”

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adrien Launay (1916). Mémorial de la Société des Missions-Étrangères. p. 159.