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Pierre de L’Estoile and his World in the Wars of Religion$
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Tom Hamilton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198800095

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198800095.001.0001

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Family Life and the Early Civil Wars, 1546‒1580

Family Life and the Early Civil Wars, 1546‒1580

(p.69) 3 Family Life and the Early Civil Wars, 1546‒1580
Pierre de L’Estoile and his World in the Wars of Religion

Tom Hamilton

Oxford University Press

This chapter follows L’Estoile’s life and collecting at the outset of the Wars of Religion. It evaluates how he attempted to write non-confessional histories of his family life and the civil wars that conformed to his traditional, Gallican beliefs. Yet, however disinterested L’Estoile tried to appear in his family book, he struggled to come to terms with tragic events such as the death of his wife, Anne de Baillon, and took comfort in her salvation by faith alone. And however impartial L’Estoile aspired to be in presenting his poetry miscellany concerning the Saint Bartholomew’s Day massacre, his life writing and personal prejudices continued to shape his narrative and selection of sources, especially in his sympathy for Protestant perspectives.

Keywords:   diaries, life writing, record-keeping, Reformation, religious pluralism, Huguenots, poetry

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