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Religious conflict and Civil War in France c. 1560-1600 - week 8

Week 8: Theories of Resistance and Henry III
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)

Documents: Documents: 30
37 - Bod
in, 'Concerning Sovereignty', 'A Comparison of the Three Legitimate Types of Commonwealth…'



Does Henry III deserve his negative reputation? 

David Potter, 'Kingship in the Wars of Religion: the Reputation of Henry III of France', European History Quarterly, 25 (1995), 485-528

Keith Cameron, Henry III: A Maligned or Malignant King? (1978)

Mark Greengrass, Governing Passions: Peace and Reform in the French Kingdom (1576-1585) (2007)

D.A. Bell, 'Unmasking a King: the Political Uses of Popular Literature under the Catholic League, 1588-89', Sixteenth Century Journal, 20 (1989), 371-86

Michael Wintroub, 'Words, Deeds and a Womanly King', French Historical Studies, 28 (2005), 387-413

Anita M. Walker and Edmund H. Dickerman, 'The King who would be Man: Henri III, Gender Identity and the Murders at Blois, 1588', Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, 24 (1989), 253-81

Kathleen P. Long, Hermaphrodites in Renaissance Europe (2006), chap. 7

Richard Cooper, 'The Aftermath of the Blois Assassinations of 1588: Documents in the Vatican', French History, 3 (1989), 404-26 (see also Keith Cameron (ed.), From Valois to Bourbon (1989), pp. 51-72)

Penny Roberts, 'Marlowe's "The Massacre at Paris": a Historical Perspective', Renaissance Studies, 9 (1995), 430-41

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

Xavier Le Person, 'Practiques' et 'practiquers': la vie politique a la fin du règne de Henri III, 1584-1589 (2002)

Nicolas Le Roux, La Faveur du roi: mignons et courtisans au temps des derniers Valois (vers 1547-vers 1589) (2000)

Robert Sauzet (ed.), Henri III et son temps (1992), an interesting collection of essays


Documents: Potter: Chaps. 6 & 7

Documents: 33

Figures: 6, 9-14


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