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Religious Conflict and Civil War in France c. 1560-1600 (HI388)


Tutor: Dr Benjamin Redding
Office: H306, third floor of the Humanities Building

Term Three Additional Drop-in Sessions: Tuesdays 12-2

Module Assessment

Module Powerpoints and Notes

Module Forum

This undergraduate final-year Special Subject module focuses on the experience of war in sixteenth-century France from the perspective of local communities as well as the crown and the nobility. It draws on a wide variety of contemporary sources in English translation including correspondence, memoirs, legislation, petitions and prints. The aim of the module is for students to develop an understanding of the circumstances which led to and perpetuated civil war and why repeated attempts to establish peaceful confessional co-existence failed. Students will develop the critical skills to engage with current historiographical debates, and be given the opportunity to write an extended piece of assessed work using both primary and secondary sources.

For the 2017/18 academic year this module will run ONLY as a one-term variant in the second term for Renaissance stream students returning from Venice. There will be two seminars a week as timetabled below:

Two-Term Variant (not running 2017-18)

Seminar Times: n/a

Autumn Term

  1. France in 1560
  2. Historiography of the Wars
  3. The Nobility
  4. The Towns
  5. The French Reformation
  6. Reading Week
  7. The Huguenot Church
  8. Religious Toleration
  9. The Edicts of Pacification
  10. Warfare

Spring Term

  1. Religious Violence
  2. The St Bartholomew's Day Massacres
  3. Theories of Resistance
  4. Henry III
  5. The Catholic Response
  6. Reading Week
  7. Film: 'La Reine Margot'
  8. The Catholic League
  9. Henry IV
  10. France in 1600 and the Impact of War

One-Term Variant for Renaissance Stream students

Seminar Times: Mondays 10-12 in H454

and Thursdays 12-2 in H246

Autumn Term

  • No seminars

Spring Term

  1. France in 1560
  2. Socio-economic Context - the Nobility & the Towns
  3. Religious context - the French Reformation & the Huguenot Church
  4. Religious Toleration and the Edicts of Pacification
  5. Warfare and Violence
  6. Reading Week
  7. The Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacres
  8. Theories of Resistance and Henry III
  9. The Catholic Response - Militancy and the Catholic League
  10. The 'Triumph' of Henry IV: France in 1600 and the Impact of War

Summer Term

  • Revision Sessions to be held on:
    • Thursday 26 April - recap course content and historiography
    • Thursday 3 May - mock-exam section A
    • Tuesday 8 May - hand-in sections B/C
    • Monday 14/17 May - source based presentations