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French Wars of Religion : 1559-1598 (3RD 10 Edition)by R. Knecht
Synopses & Reviews
CLIVE EMSLEY & GORDON MARTEL
Each book in the Seminar Studies in History series provides a concise and reliable introduction to complex events and debates. Written by acknowledged experts and supported by extracts from historical Documents, a Chronology, Glossary, Whos Who of key figures and Guide to Further Reading, Seminar Studies in History are the essential guides to understanding a topic.
In the second half of the sixteenth century, France was racked by religious civil wars and peace was only restored when Henry of Navarre finally converted to Catholicism, deciding in his immortal phrase that 'Paris is worth a mass'.
In this lucid introduction to a complex period in French history, Robert Knecht:
This third edition has been updated throughout to take account of the latest scholarship, particularly on the Massacre of St. Bartholomew and the reign of Henry III when the monarchy almost succumbed to the challenge posed by the Catholic League. There is a new colour plate section and the main text is supported by a full glossary of terms, maps and three detailed genealogical tables, as well as a carefully chosen selection of original documents.
R. J. KNECHT is Emeritus Professor of French history, University of Birmingham.
'This Seminar Study provides the reader with a lucid introduction to a complex period of French history. In the second half of the sixteenth century France was racked by religious civil wars and peace was only restored when Henry of Navarre finally converted to Catholicism, deciding - in his immortal phrase - that \'Paris is worth a mass\'.
Professor Knecht begins his study by explaining how the Huguenot Church grew out of the evangelicalism of the early sixteenth century and of the failure of Francis I to check the influx of Lutheranism. He then goes on to show how the rivalry between leading noble houses developed into political and religious conflict, challenging the assumption that religion was used merely as a cloak for rebellion. He provides a succinct analysis of the wars themselves and considers the ferment of political ideas which they generated. The subject is set in its widest context as the author looks at the effect which the wars had on the French state, economy and society and the author concludes his study by evaluating the extent of France\'s recovery under Henry IV.'
A new edition of the classic Seminar Study, brought fully up-to-date in line with recent research, and presented in the new series format - with illustrations, chronologies, and primary source materials.
Table of Contents
Preface to third edition
Note on referencing system
PART ONE: ANALYSIS
1. THE GROWTH OF CALVINISM
2. THE KINGDOM IN CRISIS
3. CATHERINE DE MEDICI AND THE COLLOQUY OF POISSY
4. THE FIRST THREE RELIGIOUS WARS
5. THE MASSACRE OF ST BARTHOLOMEW
6. HUGUENOT SURVIVAL AND RESISTANCE
7. HENRY III
7. ‘PARIS IS WORTH A MASS: THE TRIUMPH OF HENRY IV
PART TWO: DOCUMENTS
1. The Tumult of Amboise, 1560
2. Michel de LHôpital: The Voice of Moderation, 13 December 1560.
3. The Colloquy of Poissy, 9 September-18 October 1561.
4. Monluc in Guyenne, 1562.
5. The situation in 1562: A Venetian view of France
6. Promises to avenge the murder of François, duke of Guise, 1563.
7. The St. Bartholomews Day Massacre, 1572.
8. The Huguenot State in the South, 1572.
9. Francogallia by François Hotman, 1573.
10. TheRight of Magistrates by Théodore De Bèze, 1574.
11. The Peace of Monsieur, 6 May 1576.
12. The Royal Mignons, July 1576.
13. The Defence of Liberty against Tyrants by Philippe Du Plessis-Mornay, 1579.
14. The Order of the Holy Ghost, January 1579.
15. The ‘Day of the Barricades, 12 May, 1588.
16. The murder of Henri, Duke of Guise, at Blois, 23 December 1588.
17. The death of Catherine de Medici, 5 January 1589.
18. The assassination of Henry III, 1 August 1589.
19. An apologia for the Sixteen, 1593.
20. The Edict of Nantes, 13 April 1598.
21. Henry IVs speech to the Parlement of Paris, 7 February 1599.
1. The later Valois
2. The house of Guise-Lorraine
3. The house of Montmorency
4. The house of Bourbon-Vendôme &n
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