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The French Civil Wars, 1562-1598 Robert J. Knecht

The French Civil Wars, 1562-1598

Robert J. Knecht

Published August 10th 2000
ISBN : 9780582095496
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341 pages
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The Wars of Religion tore France apart for the best part of fifty years (1562-1598), most spectacularly in the St Bartholomews Day Massacre of 1572, in which thousands of Huguenots were killed. They were part of a conflict between Catholicism andMoreThe Wars of Religion tore France apart for the best part of fifty years (1562-1598), most spectacularly in the St Bartholomews Day Massacre of 1572, in which thousands of Huguenots were killed. They were part of a conflict between Catholicism and Protestantism that convulsed much of Europe during the 16th century. They are a crucial dimension of European early modern history.The French Civil Wars is not just an account of battles and sieges Civil wars, like family quarrels, are bitter- their causes are usually complex and deep-rooted. R.J. Knecht shows that religion was a genuine enough issue, but demonstrates that there were other causes as well, notably an unemployment crisis among the nobility combined with a catastrophic decline in royal authority following the accidental death of Henry II.Civil wars differ from foreign wars: they resemble forest fires which break out in many places at once. In sixteenth century France their savagery was exemplified by a series of massacres and political assassinations. As the technology of war developed so did its cost. Unable to pay for it out of its traditional sources of income, the crown was driven to make unsatisfactory peace treaties wh