The eight French Wars of Religion began in 1562 and lasted for 36 years. Although the wars were fought between Catholics and Protestants, this books draws out in full the equally important struggle for power between the king and the leading nobles, and the rivalry between the nobles themselves as they vied for control of the king. In a time when human life counted for little, the destruction reached its height in the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre when up to 10,000 Protestants lost their lives.
Introduction * Chronology * Background to war; Religious dissent and aristocratic discontent* Warring sides: The Crown and the Huguenots * Outbreak: The first war (2 April 1562-12 March 1563) * The fighting: From the 'Surprise de Meaux' to the siege of Rouen * Portrait of a soldier: Two soldier writers, one Huguenot captain * The world around war: The impact of the Wars of Religion on France's neighbours * Portrait of a civilian: a lawyer, a surgeon and a pastor * How the war ended: Henry IV's conversion * Conclusion and consequences
Series: Guide to...
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 6th June 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Digital original