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Governing Passions: Peace and Reform in the French Kingdom, 1576-1585

Mark Greengrass

Abstract

The French kingdom dissolved into civil wars, known as the ‘wars of religion’, for a generation from 1562 to 1598. This book examines the reactions of France's governing groups to that experience. Their major political endeavour was securing peace, which they attempted to achieve through a religious pluralism not envisaged in any other state on this scale in this period. Its achievement would only be fulfilled, however, alongside a reform of the kingdom's institutions and society. Peace and social reform went hand in hand — a moral agenda for restoration. France's notables drew on reservoirs o ... More

Keywords: wars of religion, religious pluralism, moral philosophy, polity, Henry III, France, governing elites, peace, reformation, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214907
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214907.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Greengrass, author
Professor of Early Modern History, University of Sheffield
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