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

Paperback | October 1, 1991

byBarbara B. Diefendorf

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The religious conflicts of sixteenth-century France, particularly 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 moreProtestants dead in the streets and ushered in a series of bloody religious battles. Until now, however, historians have been preoccupied with the political aspects of the conflicts, and histories have focused on the roles of the king and high noblemen in the assassinations that sparked themassacres, rather than the mass violence. In this compelling and unique study, Diefendorf closely examines popular religious fanaticism and religious hatred. She focuses on the roots and escalation of the conflicts, the propaganda of Catholic and Protestant preachers, popular religious beliefs andrituals, the role of the militia, and the underground activities of the Protestant community after the massacres. Drawing on a wide array of published and unpublished sources, Beneath the Cross is the most comprehensive social history to date of these religious conflicts.

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The religious conflicts of sixteenth-century France, particularly 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 moreProtestants dead in the streets and ushered...

Barbara B. Diefendorf is at Boston University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.14 × 9.25 × 0.83 inPublished:October 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195070135

ISBN - 13:9780195070132

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Table of Contents

1. The City and Its People2. The Most Catholic Capital3. The Intensification of Religious Hatreds, 1557-15624. War and Peace, 1562-15675. The Renewal of War and the Failure of Peace, 1567-15726. The Massacre in Paris7. The Underground Church8. The Shadow of God's Wings9. The Bellows of Satan10. The War in the StreetsConclusion: Paris in the Religious WarsNotesBibliographyIndex

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"For some time I have been looking for a book to use in my Reformation Europe course that combines attention to Roman Catholics and second- or third-generation Protestantism with a full deployment of the 'new' social history. The deeply researched and plausibly argued book by ProfessorDiefendorf may just be that book....A very fine piece of historical writing."--Mark Noll, Wheaton College