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That Men Would Praise the Lord$
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Allan Tulchin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736522

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736522.001.0001

The Cahier de Doléances, 1561

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(p.97) 5 The Cahier de Doléances, 1561
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That Men Would Praise the Lord
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Allan A. Tulchin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736522.003.0005

This chapter discusses Nîmes’s cahier de doléances, written for the Pontoise session of the national Estates General of 1561. It was written by the Protestant party, which wove together religious and political grievances that made it overwhelmingly popular, and greatly aided conversion efforts. It advocated seizing some of the Catholic Church’s benefices to pay off royal debts and increase poor relief. It also espoused contractualism through provisions greatly increasing the power of the Estates General, including provisions for regular meetings. Finally, it also advocated religious reform, but while clearly Protestant, it avoided antagonizing reform-minded Catholics.

Keywords:   Estates General, cahier de doléances, royal debts, poor relief, contractualism

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