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Religious Conflict and Civil War in France c. 1560-1600: Term 1, Week 5

Week 5: The French Reformation

How successfully and by what means did the Reformation spread in France?

Assess the contribution of Calvin to the French Reformation.

General reading

  • Mark Greengrass, The French Reformation (1987)
  • 'France', in The Reformation in National Context, eds B. Scribner, R. Porter and M. Teich (1994), pp. 47-66
  • Penny Roberts, ‘France’, in Alec Ryrie (ed.), Palgrave Advances in the European Reformations (2006), pp. 102-23
  • David Nicholls, 'France', in The Early Reformation in Europe, ed. A. Pettegree (1992), pp. 120-41
  • R.M. Kingdon, Geneva and the Coming of the Wars of Religion in France, 1555-1563 (1956)
  • Geneva and the Consolidation of the French Protestant Movement, 1564-1572 (1967)
  • Denis Crouzet, La Genèse de la Réforme française, 1520-1562 (1996)

Further reading

  • David Nicholls, 'Social Change and Early Protestantism in France: Normandy, 1520-62', European Studies Review, 10 (1980), 279-308
  • 'The Social History of the French Reformation: Ideology, Confession and Culture', Social History, 9 (1984), 25-43
  • 'The Nature of Popular Heresy in France, 1520-42', Historical Journal, 26 (1983), 261-75
  • 'Heresy and Protestantism, 1520-1542: Questions of Perception and Communication', French History, 10 (1996), 182-205
  • Philip Benedict, ‘Of Marmites and Martyrs: Images and Polemics in the Wars of Religion’, in The French Renaissance in Prints, pp. 109-37, + Catalogue section VIII
  • A. Duke et al, Calvinism in Europe, 1540-1610 (199), pp. 57-111
  • Andrew Pettegree, Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion (2005)
  • A.Pettegree & M.Hall, ‘The Reformation and the Book: A Reconsideration’, Historical Journal, 47 (2004)
  • D.R. Kelley, The Beginnings of Ideology: Consciousness and Society in the French Reformation (1981)
  • Christopher Elwood, The Body Broken: The Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in Sixteenth-Century France (1999)
  • William Monter, Judging the French Reformation: Heresy Trials by Sixteenth-Century Parlements (1999)
  • R.A. Mentzer, Heresy Proceedings in Languedoc, 1500-1560 (Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 74, 1984)
  • H. Heller, 'Famine, Revolt and Heresy at Meaux, 1521-25', Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, 68 (1977), 133-56
  • Penny Roberts, A city in conflict: Troyes during the French wars of religion (1996), chapter 2
  • P. Rambeaud, ‘The Origins of Rural Calvinism in Aunis: The Sphere of Influence of La Rochelle’, Sixteenth Century Journal, 30 (1999), 367-95
  • Francis Higman, 'Le levain de l'Évangile', in R. Chartier and H.-J. Martin (eds), Histoire de l'edition française (1983), vol. 1, pp. 372-403, also in his Lire et découvrir: La circulation des idées au temps de la Réforme (Geneva, 1998), pp. 15-51
  • 'Le domaine française, 1520-1562', in J.-F. Gilmont (ed.), La Réforme et le livre: L’Europe et l’imprimé (1517-v. 1570) (1990), pp. 105-54

Documents: Potter: Chap. 1, docs. 9, 11-12, 16

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