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Let God AriseThe War and Rebellion of the Camisards$
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W. Gregory Monahan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199688449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688449.001.0001

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A Marvelous Ardor

A Marvelous Ardor

(p.7) 1 A Marvelous Ardor
Let God Arise

W. Gregory Monahan

Oxford University Press

Explores the reasons why this remote, mountainous region converted so thoroughly to Protestantism in the sixteenth century. It argues that there were many causes, including the earlier conversion of the major trading cities of Nîmes and Montpellier, the weakness of the local Church, the influence of converted notables, and regional antagonisms. It also notes the conversion of women, arguing that they converted for as many different reasons as did men. It notes that the region remained steadfast in its confession even as Protestantism declined elsewhere, then charts the events leading up to the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and the aborted rebellion against that action in 1683. It notes that years of pressure, the conversion of some notables to Catholicism, and the decision of the monarchy to use military force led to failure, forcing Protestantism back into the confines of family life, where women played a major role.

Keywords:   Reformation, conversion, women, Revocation, Edict of Nantes, Rohan, dragonnades

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