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Religious Conflict and Civil War in France c. 1560-1600: Term 2, Week 3

Week 3: Theories of Resistance

Has the impact of Calvinist theories of resistance on the religious wars been overstated?

  • Quentin Skinner, The Foundations of Modern Political Thought, vol. 2 (1978), chaps. 8-9
  • R.M. Kingdon et al, 'Calvinism and Resistance Theory', in J.H. Burns and M. Goldie (eds), The Cambridge History of Political Thought, 1450-1700 (1991)
  • & on the influence of Beza's ideas on French nobles in A. Soman (ed.), The Massacre of Saint Bartholomew (1974), pp. 33-9
  • John Calvin, On God and Political Duty, esp. pp. 80-1
  • J.H. Franklin (ed.), Constitutionalism and Resistance in the Sixteenth Century: Three Treatises by Hotman, Beza and Mornay (1969)
  • Junius Brutus, A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants (Vindiciae contra tyrannos), ed. H. Laski (and most recently (1994) by G. Garnett)
  • Théodore de Bèze, Du Droit des Magistrats (ed. R.M. Kingdon, 1971)
  • F. Hotman, Francogallia (eds. Giesey and Salmon, 1973, see esp. their introduction)
  • Jean Bodin, The Six Bookes of a Commonweale (ed. K.D. McRae, 1962)
  • R.J. Knecht, The French Wars of Religion, 1559-1598 (1996), chap. 7 & associated documents
  • M. Yardeni, 'French Calvinist Political Thought', in M. Prestwich (ed.), International Calvinism, 1541-1715 (1985)
  • K. Parrow, From Defense to Resistance: Justifications of Violence during the French Wars of Religion (1993)
  • R.D. Linder, 'Pierre Viret and the sixteenth-century French Protestant revolutionary tradition', Journal of Modern History, 38 (1966)
  • R.E. Giesey, 'The Monarchomach Triumvirs: Hotman, Beza and Mornay', Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, 32 (1970), 41-56
  • R.A. Jackson, 'Elective Kingship and Consensus populi in Sixteenth-Century France', Journal of Modern History, (1972)
  • H.A. Lloyd, 'Constitutional Thought in Sixteenth-Century France: The Case of Pierre Rebuffi', French History, 8 (1994)
  • Denis Crouzet, 'Calvinism and the Uses of the Political and the Religious (France, ca. 1560-ca. 1572)', in P. Benedict et al (eds), Reformation, Revolt and Civil War in France and the Netherlands, 1555-1585 (1999), pp. 99-113
  • Sarah Hanley, 'The French Constitution Revised: Representative Assemblies and Resistance Right in the Sixteenth Century', in Mack P. Holt (ed.), Society and Institutions in Early Modern France (1991), pp. 36-50
  • F.J. Baumgartner, Radical Revolutionaries: The Political Thought of the French Catholic League (1976)


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37 - Bodin, 'Concerning Sovereignty', 'A Comparison of the Three Legitimate Types of Commonwealth…'