That Men Will Praise the Lord: The Reformation in Nimes: 1530-1570

Hardcover | July 28, 2010

byAllan Tulchin

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In this book, author Alan Tulchin breaks apart the process of mass conversion in the sixteenth century to explain why the Reformation occurred, using Nimes, the most Protestant town in France, as a case study. Protestantism was overwhelmingly successful in Nimes, since most people converted,but the process culminated in two bloody massacres of Nimes's remaining Catholics. Beginning in 1559, Nimes underwent a revolutionary period comparable to 1789 in its intensity. Townspeople flocked to hear Protestant preachers, and then took over Catholic churches, destroyed statues and stainedglass, and zealously took part in the Wars of Religion, which convulsed France beginning in 1562. As the Protestant movement grew, it had to adapt to changing circumstances. Nimes's first Protestants were attracted to Calvin's Eucharistic theology; later converts believed that the Church needed tobe cleansed of its excesses to encourage moral reform of the Crown; and in the end, many converted due to peer pressure or under duress. Thus rather than argue that one factor - whether religious, economic, or political - explains the Reformation, That Men Will Praise the Lord emphasizes that theProtestant movement was the result of compromises forged among its members. The result is a new theory of the Reformation, which explains how previous theories, thought to be incompatible, in fact fit together. In order to prove his thesis, Tulchin constructed a database of all surviving wills andmarriage contracts for the period. He also consulted church, court, city council, and tax records. The book thus marries quantitative techniques from the social sciences and anthropology to cultural history in a dramatic analytic narrative.

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In this book, author Alan Tulchin breaks apart the process of mass conversion in the sixteenth century to explain why the Reformation occurred, using Nimes, the most Protestant town in France, as a case study. Protestantism was overwhelmingly successful in Nimes, since most people converted,but the process culminated in two bloody mass...

Allan Tulchin is Assistant Professor of HIstory at Shippensburg University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:July 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199736529

ISBN - 13:9780199736522

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Nimes: A Sixteenth-Century City2. The Creation of a Protestant Community: Nimes, 1530-15473. Growth and Crisis: Nimes's Protestants, 1547-15594. The Religious Crisis begins, 1559-15605. The Cahier de Doleances, 15616. The Consolidation of the Protestant Movement, 1561-15627. Rising and Falling: The Protestant Movement in Nimes, 1562-1570Conclusion. The Reformation in Nimes in Comparative PerspectiveAppendix A. The Evolution of the Protestant Movement in Nimes, 1560-1562Appendix B. Constructing the Notarial DatabaseBibliography