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Society and Culture in the Huguenot World, 1559–1685


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 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 research by leading historians and specialists from across Europe and North America.

    • 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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    '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

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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

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    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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