Beneath the Cross

Beneath the Cross : Catholics and Huguenots in Sixteenth-century Paris

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The religious conflicts of sixteenth-century France, in particular the St Bartholomew's Day massacres of 1572, continue to draw a good deal of attention from historians. What started as a limited coup against the Huguenot leadership became instead a conflagration that left two thousand or more Protestants dead in the streets and ushered in a series of bloody religious battles. Previous histories of the religious conflicts have been preoccupied with their political aspects, but have not examined the mass violence. Diefendorf focuses on popular religious fanaticism and religious hatred. She examines the roots and escalation of the conflicts, the propaganda of Catholic and Protestant preachers, popular religious beliefs and rituals, the role of the militia, and the underground activities of the Protestant community after the massacres. Using a wide array of published and unpublished sources, she provides the most comprehensive social history to date of these religious more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • halftones, line illustrations, tables
  • 0195070135
  • 9780195070132
  • 2,021,968

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This study combines careful documentation and rigorous analysis with a style of presentation that marks its author as a master storyteller: It embodies a rare combination of exacting scholarship and compelling narrative. Religious Studies Review, Vol 19, No 4/ October 1993 ... excellent book ... Diefendorf's scholarly and lively book is an important contribution which serves to correct the prejudiced accounts of contemporaries on both sides of the religious divide. It is also a very readable book, full of vivid anecdotal detail. R.J. Knecht, Huguenot Society Proceedings This book makes a substantial contribution to our knowledge of early modern France. It demonstrates the vitality of the growing field of the history of preaching. Thomas Worcester, St Edmund's College, Cambridge, Heythrop Journal Barbara Diefendorf has taken a step both bold and necessary in conducting and publishing serious research into confessional hatred and violence ... This sensitive book broadens our understanding of a troubling subject; but it raises a host of comparative questions which need to be equally sensitively addressed. Euan Cameron, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, French History The book adds a new dimension without claiming to supersede others ... The author describes a rather unpleasant, histrionic religiosity which easily degenerated into mob violence. EHR, April 1995 this work immediately takes its place as the richest, most detailed st. of the course of events within a single city during the early phases of the Wars of Rel...Diesendorf has exploited to particularly good narrative effect the unsusually rich store of memoirs, journals, and letters available about Paris...If this is not a book that overturns prevailing interpretations about its subject it is one that deepens and enriches them inmyriad ways, great and small. It offers an essential context for understanding the events of August, 1572, and is the first book to which students now ought to be referred if they want to understand the causes and nature of rel. violence in the years leading up to those fateful days. Reformation History Supplement 27/1992show more

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