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Society and Culture in the Huguenot World, 1559-1685 - Raymond A. Mentzer

Society and Culture in the Huguenot World, 1559-1685

Hardcover Published: 25th February 2002
ISBN: 9780521773249
Number Of Pages: 260

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The Huguenots formed a privileged minority within early modern France. During the second half of the sixteenth century, they fought for freedom of worship in the French 'wars of religion' which culminated in the Edict of Nantes in 1598. The community was protected by the terms of the Edict for eighty-seven years until Louis XIV revoked it in 1685. The Huguenots therefore constitute a minority group tolerated by one of the strongest nations in early modern Europe, a country more often associated with the absolute power of the crown - in particular that of Louis XIV. This collection of essays explores the character and identity of the Huguenot movement by examining their culture and institutions, their patterns of belief and worship, and their interaction with French state and society. The volume draws upon recent research by leading historians and new specialists from across Europe and North America.

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'There are no disappointments in the volume and many of the findings are here presented for the first time.' Elizabeth Tingle 'This is a very welcome volume ... for anyone interested in Protestantism, French (especially early absolutist) history or the concept of toleration in the early modern period this will be a most useful volume.' History '... a penetrating examination ... this excellent collection brings together an array of fresh perspectives with which to consider the complexities of Huguenot identity in early modern France. There can be little doubt that its readership, advanced undergraduates and researchers, will have much to absorb and debate.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'The impressive breadth and diversity of offerings in this excellent volume make it perhaps the best overview of Protestantism in early modern France currently available.' Sixteenth Century Journal

List of illustrations
List of tables
Notes on contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction: Être protestant Raymond
Preaching, printing, psalm-singing: the making and unmaking of the Reformed church in Lyon, 1550-1572
Religious polemic and Huguenot self-perception and identity, 1554-1619
Confessionalisation in France? Critical reflections and new evidence
Huguenot petitioning during the wars of religion
Informal networks in sixteenth-century French Protestantism
The Edict of Nantes and its institutions
'Speaking the King's language': the Huguenot magistrates of
The Huguenot academies: preparing for an uncertain future
Huguenot poor relief and health care in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
'Qui est de Dieu, oit la parole de Dieu'; the Huguenots and their temples
'Ensevelir honnestement les corps': funeral corteges and Huguenot culture
Huguenot militancy and the seventeenth-century wars of religion
Epilogue
Index
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ISBN: 9780521773249
ISBN-10: 0521773245
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 25th February 2002
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 16.61  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.57