The languages of peace during the French religious wars
Roberts, Penny. (2007) The languages of peace during the French religious wars. Cultural & Social History, Vol.4 (No.3). pp. 297-315. ISSN 1478-0038
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The desirability of peace was a common topos in sixteenth-century political rhetoric, and the duty of the king to uphold the peace for the benefit of his subjects was also a long-established tradition. However, the peculiar circumstances of the French religious wars, and the preferred royal policy of pacification, galvanized impassioned debate among both those who supported and those who opposed confessional coexistence. This article looks at the diverse ways in which peace was viewed during the religious wars through an exploration of language and context. It draws not only on the pronouncements of the crown and its officials, and of poets and jurists, but also on those of local communities and confessional groups. Opinion was not just divided along religious lines; political imperatives, philosophical positions and local conditions all came into play in the arguments deployed. The variegated languages of peace provide a social and cultural dimension for the contested nature of sixteenth-century French politics. However, they could not restore harmony to a war-torn and divided kingdom.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DC France|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||France -- History -- Wars of the Huguenots, 1562-1598, Monarchy -- France -- History -- 16th century, Peace, France -- Politics and government -- 16th century|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Cultural & Social History|
|Official Date:||September 2007|
|Page Range:||pp. 297-315|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
Awarded the Nancy Lyman Roelker Prize by the Sixteenth Century Society 2008 for the best article on sixteenth-century French history, and the Charles Benedetti prize by the Peace History Society, 2007/08.
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