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The French civil wars, 1562-1598
Knecht, R. J. (Robert Jean)
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Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2000.
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xiv, 341 pages : genealogical tables, maps ; 25 cm.

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DC111.3 .K55 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The French Wars of Religion tore the country apart for almost fifty years. They were also part of the wider religious conflict between Catholics and Protestants which raged across Europe during the 16th century. This new study, by a major authority on French history, explores the impact of these wars and sets them in their full European context.

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That the kingdom of France was torn apart by civil war initiated by religious differences among the kingdom's inhabitants and governors is well known to historians who teach Western civilization courses. Also taught is that this conflict was kept alive by problems within the royal family. However, the military history of the French civil wars often is not understood. In this entry in Longman's prestigious "Modern Wars in Perspective" series, Knecht (emeritus, French history, Univ. of Birmingham,) one of the experts on the French civil wars, has written an extremely erudite, but also very readable, history of the wars that began in 1559 when one Catholic king refused to tolerate the Calvinism of some of his subjects, and did not end until 1598 with a Calvinist king's acceptance of Catholicism as a means of bringing peace to his lands and people. Knecht shows that this was not one French civil war, but rather a series of civil wars (at least seven by his count); some won by Calvinist forces, some by Catholic forces, but most with little decisive conclusion. General and academic readers. K. R. DeVries Loyola College in Maryland

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Abbreviations
1 France around 1559
2 Crown and nobility
3 The rise of Protestantism
4 Opening shots (1559-1562)
5 The first civil war (April 1562-March 1563)
6 The armed peace (March 1563-September 1567)
7 The second and third wars (1567-1570)
8 St. Bartholomew's Day and after (1572-1575)
9 From LaRochelle to Beaulieu (1572-1576)
10 The sixth war (December 1576-September 1577)
11 The Catholic League (1578-1589)
12 The conquest of the kingdom (1589-1592)
13 Conversion and peace (1592-1598)
Biographical essay
List of provincial governors, 1559-1598