The Massacre of St. Bartholomew

The Massacre of St. Bartholomew : Reappraisals and Documents

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On 18 August 1572, Marguerite de Valois, sister of King Charles IX, was married in Paris to Henri de Navarre, "first prince of the blood" and a Protestant. This union, which was to cement the provisions of the Peace of St. Germain (1570) ending the third of the French wars of religion, was the occasion of an extraordinary influx of French Calvin ists into the notoriously Catholic capital. Hundreds of Huguenots had journeyed to Paris to honor their titular leader and participate in the wedding celebrations. Tensions were already running high when the court made the fatal decision to take advantage of the situation and assassinate the admiral of France, Gaspard de Coligny, the recognized leader of the Huguenot armies which had helped plunge the country into ten years of intermittent civil war, and who now threatened to embroil the kingdom in a full-scale foreign war with Spain. On Friday the twenty-second, as he returned from the Louvre to his lodgings, Coligny paused in the street - some say to receive a letter, others to doff his hat to an acquaintance or to adjust his hose - and was fired on by a hired assassin hidden in a house known to belong to one of the ultra-Catholic Guise faction. The arquebus shot missed its mark and succeeded only in wounding the admiral in his hand and arm, where upon he was carried by his followers to his bed.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 270 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 21.59mm | 1,290g
  • Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1974 ed.
  • XII, 270 p.
  • 9024716527
  • 9789024716524

Table of contents

I: St. Bartholomew and Europe.- 1. The Massacre of St. Bartholomew and the Problem of Spain.- 2. Reactions to the St. Bartholomew Massacres in Geneva and Rome25.- Comment.- 3. The Elizabethans and St. Bartholomew.- 4. Imperialism, Particularism and Toleration in the Holy Roman Empire.- II: Two Unpublished Documents.- 5. Tomasso Sassetti's Account of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.- Brieve raccontamento del gran macello fatto nella citta di Parigi il viggesimo quarto giorno d'agosto d'ordine di Carlo Nono re di Francia, and della crudel morte di Guasparro Sciattiglione signore di Coligni and grande ammiraglio di Francia, MDLXXII.- Parer di N sopra il Raccontamento del grande et crudele et biasimevol macello di Parigi et di tutta la misera Francia.- 6. The Discourse Dedicated to Count Guido San Giorgio Aldobrandini.- Two Extracts from the "Discorso": The Account of the Massacre of St. Bartholomew.- Conclusion of the "Discorso".- III: Martyrs, Rioters and Polemicists.- 7. Martyrs, Myths, and the Massacre: The Background of St. Bartholomew.- 8. The Rites of Violence: Religious Riot in Sixteenth-Century France.- 9. The Wars of Religion in Seventeenth-Century Huguenot Thought.- Conclusion: St. Bartholomew and Historical Perspective.- Notes on the Contributors.
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