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Author Jouanna, Arlette
Title Saint-Barthélemy. English
The Saint Bartholomew's Day massacre : the mysteries of a crime of state (24 August 1572) / Arlette Jouanna ; translated by Joseph Bergin
Imprint Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed in the United States exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  DC118 .J6813 2013    AVAILABLE    30600020082112
Edition 1st English-language ed
Descript viii, 271 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [244]-263) and index
"On 18 August 1572, Paris hosted the lavish wedding of Marguerite de Valois and Henri de Navarre, which was designed to seal the reconciliation of France's Catholics and Protestants. Only six days later, the execution of the Protestant leaders on the orders of the king's council unleashed a vast massacre by Catholics of thousands of Protestants in Paris and elsewhere. Why was the celebration of concord followed so quickly by such unrestrained carnage? Arlette Jouanna's new reading of the most notorious massacre in early modern European history rejects most of the established accounts, especially those privileging conspiracy, in favour of an explanation based on ideas of reason of state. The Massacre stimulated reflection on royal power, the limits of authority and obedience, and the danger of religious division for France's political traditions. Based on extensive research and a careful examination of existing interpretations, this book is the most authoritative analysis of a shattering event."--Publisher's website
Part 1: The fragility of Concord. Trial by suspicion: the peace of 1570 ; Politics matrimonial and international ; The assault on peace. -- Part 2: Sword of God, sword of the king. Surgical strike ; Catholic furies ; The King's truth, reason of state. -- Part 3: Elucidations and retorts. Protestant misfortune in biblical perspective ; Political readings of the French tragedy ; The king's death, or the meaning of a massacre revealed ; Conclusion
Subject Saint Bartholomew's Day, Massacre of, France, 1572
France -- History -- Wars of the Huguenots, 1562-1598
Religion and state -- France -- History
Alt Author Bergin, Joseph, 1948-
Alt Title St. Bartholomew's Day massacre
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