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Society and Culture in the Huguenot World, 1559–1685

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Raymond A. Mentzer, Andrew Spicer, Timothy Watson, Luc Racaut, Philip Benedict, Penny Roberts, Mark Greengrass, Amanda Eurich, Karin Maag, Martin Dinges, Bernard Roussel, Alan James
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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037884

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  • The Huguenots were a religious minority in France who fought during the second half of the sixteenth century for their Protestant (Calvinist) beliefs, and to whom concessions were granted by the crown with the Edict of Nantes in 1598. The Huguenots continued to enjoy their privileged status until the Edict was revoked in 1685. This collection of essays explores the character and identity of the Huguenot movement by examining their institutions, patterns of belief and worship, and interaction with French state and society.

    • An interdisciplinary collection of essays which offers insights into the life and culture of the Huguenots in early modern France
    • Includes the work of many leading scholars both from Europe and North America
    • An important addition to the literature on a society which retains its influence among present-day Huguenot descendants
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...these essays will be valuable reading for those interested in the Reformation and ancien regime France. It is especially valuable because of the variety of angles from which Huguenot identity is approached." Elisabeth Wengler, College of Saint Benedict, Saint John's University, The Historian

    "A good book with innovative, well argued, and well-written essays, a must for scholars interested in the history of the Huguenot movement." H-FRANCE

    "Every essay is an example of careful, informed scholarship, and is amply footnoted. The collection, with a brief but useful index, belongs in respectable Reformation-era collections. Reformation-era collections. Graduate level and above." Choice

    "...the essays...are generally informative and together present a highly instructive portrait of Huguenot society and culture...[The book] should be of interest not only to specialists but also to advanced students of French history." History

    "The strength of this volume is the ability of its twelve essays to construct a compelling image of the 'complex and contradictory character' of the homme protestant." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    "The assembled articles in [this book] provide important new perspectives on the Huguenot community, its identity, and its practices. 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

    "This marvelous anthology explores the Hugueonts' struggle for such equal treatment and liberty during the entire period that led up to the revocation of the Edict." The Westminster Theological Journal

    "A very useful volume." Renaissance Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037884
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables
    Notes on contributors
    1. Introduction: Être protestant Raymond A. Mentzer and Andrew Spicer
    2. Preaching, printing, psalm-singing: the making and unmaking of the Reformed church in Lyon, 1550–1572 Timothy Watson
    3. Religious polemic and Huguenot self-perception and identity, 1554–1619 Luc Racaut
    4. Confessionalisation in France? Critical reflections and new evidence Philip Benedict
    5. Huguenot petitioning during the wars of religion Penny Roberts
    6. Informal networks in sixteenth-century French Protestantism Mark Greengrass
    7. The Edict of Nantes and its institutions Raymond A. Mentzer
    8. 'Speaking the King's language': the Huguenot magistrates of Castres and Pau Amanda Eurich
    9. The Huguenot academies: preparing for an uncertain future Karin Maag
    10. Huguenot poor relief and health care in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Martin Dinges
    11. 'Qui est de Dieu, oit la parole de Dieu'
    the Huguenots and their temples Andrew Spicer
    12. 'Ensevelir honnestement les corps': funeral corteges and Huguenot culture Bernard Roussel
    13. Huguenot militancy and the seventeenth-century wars of religion Alan James
    14. Epilogue Raymond A. Mentzer and Andrew Spicer

  • Editors

    Raymond A. Mentzer, University of Iowa

    Andrew Spicer, Oxford Brookes University


    Raymond A. Mentzer, Andrew Spicer, Timothy Watson, Luc Racaut, Philip Benedict, Penny Roberts, Mark Greengrass, Amanda Eurich, Karin Maag, Martin Dinges, Bernard Roussel, Alan James

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