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Religious Conflict and Civil War in France c. 1560-1600: Term 2, Week 8

Week 8: The Catholic League

How radical was the League? To what extent was it a 'Holy Union'?

General reading

  • Mack P. Holt, The French Wars of Religion, 1562-1629 (1995), chap. 5
  • Robert J. Knecht, The French Civil Wars, 1562-1598 (2000), chap. 11
  • Barbara Diefendorf, 'The Catholic League: Social Crisis or Apocalypse Now?', French Historical Studies, 15 (1987), 332-44
  • J.H.M. Salmon, 'The Paris Sixteen, 1584-1594: the Social Analysis of a Revolutionary Movement', Journal of Modern History, 44 (1972), 540-76
  • F.J. Baumgartner, Radical Revolutionaries: The Political Thought of the French Catholic League (1976)
  • P.M. Ascoli, 'French Provincial Cities and the Catholic League', Occasional Papers of the American Society for Reformation Research, 1 (1977), 15-40

Further reading

  • Barbara Diefendorf, 'An Age of Gold? Parisian Women, the Holy League, and the Roots of Catholic Renewal', in Michael Wolfe (ed.), Changing Identities in Early Modern France (1996), pp. 169-90
  • Mark Greengrass, 'The Sainte Union in the Provinces: the Case of Toulouse', Sixteenth Century Journal, 14 (1983), 469-96
  • 'The Sixteen: Radical Politics in Paris during the League', History, 69 (1984), 432-9
  • 'Dissension in the Provinces under Henry III, 1574-85', in Highfield & Jeffs (eds), The Crown and Local Communities in England and France (1981), pp. 162-82
  • Ann Ramsey, Liturgy, Politics and Salvation: The Catholic League in Paris and the Nature of Catholic Reform, 1540-1630 (1999)
  • N. Le Roux, 'The Catholic Nobility and Political Choice during the League, 1584-94', French History, 8 (1994), 34-50
  • Stuart Carroll, Noble Power during the French Wars of Religion: The Guise Affinity and the Catholic Cause in Normandy (1998), esp. chap. 7
  • 'The Revolt of Paris, 1588: Aristocratic Insurgency and the Mobilization of Popular Support', French Historical Studies, 23 (2000), 301-37
  • R.R. Harding, 'Revolution and Reform in the Holy League: Angers, Rennes, Nantes', Journal of Modern History, 53 (1981), 379-416
  • Mark Konnert, 'Provincial Governors and their Regimes during the French Wars of Religion: the Duc de Guise and the City Council of Châlons-sur-Marne', Sixteenth Century Journal, 25 (1994), 823-40
  • Local Politics in the French Wars of Religion: the Towns of Champagne, the Duc de Guise, and the Catholic League, 1560-95 (2006)
  • Alexander Wilkinson, 'Homicides Royaux: The Assassination of the Duc and Cardinal de Guise and the Radicalisation of French Public Opinion', French History, 18 (2004), 129-53
  • Philip Benedict, Rouen during the Wars of Religion (1981), part III
  • Penny Roberts, A City in Conflict (1996), chap. 8
  • Hilary J. Bernstein, Between Crown and community (2004), chaps. 8-10
  • S.A. Finley-Croswhite, 'Engendering the Wars of Religion: Female Agency during the Catholic League in Dijon', French Historical Studies, 20 (1997), 127-54
  • Elizabeth Tingle, 'The Intolerant City? Nantes and the Origins of the Catholic League, 1580-1589', in K. Cameron et al (eds), The Adventure of Religious Pluralism in Early Modern France (2000)
  • 'Nantes and the Origins of the Catholic League of 1589', Sixteenth Century Journal, 33 (2002), 109-28
  • Authority and Society in Nantes during the French Wars of Religion, 1559-98 (2006), chaps. 5-7
  • E. Barnavi, Le Parti de Dieu: Etude sociale et politique des chefs de la Ligue parisienne, 1585-94 (1980)
  • R. Descimon, Qui étaient les Seize? Mythes et réalités de la Ligue parisienne, 1585-1594 (1983)
  • Denis Crouzet, Les Guerriers de Dieu: La violence au temps des troubles de religion (vers 1525-vers 1610) (1990), chaps. 17-19

Documents: Potter: Chaps. 6-8
Documents: 33-34
Figures: 9-16