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Religious Conflict and Civil War in France c. 1560-1600: Term 2, Week 9

Week 9: The ‘Triumph’ of Henry IV

Was the 'triumph' of Henry IV due to his personality or to political circumstance?

How effectively did he establish peace between the faiths?

General reading

  • Mark Greengrass, France in the Age of Henry IV (2nd edn, 1995)
  • David Buisseret, Henry IV (1984), esp. on military aspects
  • Mack P. Holt, The French Wars of Religion, 1562-1629 (1995), chap. 6
  • Robert J. Knecht, The French Civil Wars, 1562-1598 (2000), chaps. 12 & 13
  • J.H.M. Salmon, Society in Crisis: France in the Sixteenth Century (1975), chaps. 11 & 12
  • Nicola M. Sutherland, Henry IV of France and the Politics of Religion, 1572-1596 (2 vols., 2002)
  • Roland Mousnier, The Assassination of Henry IV (1973)

Further reading

  • Philip Benedict, Rouen during the Wars of Religion (1981), conclusion
  • Cynthia Burlingham, ‘Portraiture as Propaganda: Printmaking during the Reign of Henri IV’, in The French Renaissance in Prints, pp. 138-51, + Catalogue section IX
  • Katherine B.Crawford, ‘The Politics of Promiscuity: Masculinity and Heroic Representation at the Court of Henry IV’, French Historical Studies, 26 (2003), 225-52
  • Michael Wolfe, The Conversion of Henry IV: Politics, Power and Religious Belief in Early Modern France (1993)
  • 'Protestant Reactions to the Conversion of Henry IV', in Michael Wolfe (ed.), Changing Identities in Early Modern France (1996), pp. 371-90
  • 'Piety and Political Allegiance: the Duc de Nevers and the Protestant Henry IV, 1589-93', French History, 2 (1988), 1-21
  • S.A. Finley-Croswhite, Henry IV and the Towns: The Pursuit of Legitimacy in French Urban Society, 1589-1610 (1999)
  • 'Absolutism and Municipal Autonomy: Henry IV and the 1602 Pancarte Revolt in Limoges', in Mack P. Holt (ed.), Society and Institutions in Early Modern France, pp. 80-97
  • David Trim, 'Edict of Nantes: Product of Military Success or Failure', in K. Cameron et al (eds), The Adventure of Religious Pluralism in Early Modern France (2000), pp. 85-98
  • Ronald S. Love, Blood and Religion: The Conscience of Henri IV (2001)
  • Michel de Waele, Les relations entre le parlement de Paris et Henri IV (2000)
  • P. Ascoli, 'A Radical Pamphlet of Late Sixteenth-Century France: Dialogue d'entre le maheustre et le manant', Sixteenth Century Journal, 5 (1974), 3-22
  • F. Baumgartner, 'The Catholic Opposition to the Edict of Nantes, 1598-99', Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, 40 (1978), 525-36
  • 'Crisis in the French Episcopacy: the Bishops and the Succession of Henri IV', Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, 20 (1979), 276-301
  • Keith Cameron (ed.), From Valois to Bourbon (1989), esp. the essays by Crouzet, 'Henry IV, King of Reason?', and Greengrass, 'The Public Context of the Abjuration of Henry IV'
  • George Pagès, 'La paix de religion et l'Edit de Nantes', Revue d'histoire moderne, 25 (1936), 393-413
  • Denis Crouzet, Les Guerriers de Dieu: La violence au temps des troubles de religion (vers 1525-vers 1610) (1990), chap. 20

Documents: Potter: Chap. 8 & 'Epilogue'
Documents: 35
36 Montaigne, 'On Restraining Your Will'