Hatred in Print: Catholic Propaganda and Protestant Identity During the French Wars of Religion, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Hatred in Print

Catholic Propaganda and Protestant Identity During the French Wars of Religion, 1st Edition

By Luc Racaut


176 pages

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Catholic polemical works, and their portrayal of Protestants in print in particular, are the central focus of this work. In contrast with Germany, French Catholics used printing effectively and agressively to promote the Catholic cause. In seeking to explain why France remained a Catholic country, the French Catholic response must be taken into account. Rather than confront the Reformation on its own terms, the Catholic reaction concentrated on discrediting the Protestant cause in the eyes of the Catholic majority. This book aims to contribute to the ongoing debate over the nature of the French Wars of Religion, to explain why they were so violent and why they engaged the loyalities of such a large portion of the population. This study also provides an example of the successful defence of catholicism developed independently and in advance of Tridentine reform which is of wider significance for the history of the Reformation in Europe.


'Valuable in itself, Hatred in Print also suggests many avenues for further research.' Seventeenth-Century News 'Clearly written, carefully researched, and judiciously argued… succeeds at the same time in opening a new and important avenue of research in the field…' H-France Reviews '… [this] careful analysis of Catholic propaganda reminds us again how broadly conceived the religious 'other' was in early modern France and how important these images could be to the construction of Protestant identity down to the 20th century.' Huguenot Society Proceedings '…[this] book, based on a vast number of printed texts, is an important contribution to the growing literature on sixteenth-century French Catholicism and its response to the Protestant challenge.' The Catholic Historical Review '… a useful contribution to sixteenth-century propaganda studies. Its citations, notes, and bibliography are especially helpful.' Sixteenth Century Journal 'As a story of the consequences of unrelenting bigotry, this lucid account takes some beating.' Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Print, censorship, and the vernacular during the French Wars of Religion; The problem of violence during the French Wars of Religion; Polemic, debate and opinion forming in 16th-century France; The use of the 'blood libel' on the eve of the French Wars of Religion; Accusations of insurrection and Protestant responses; The 'world turned upside down', the femmelettes and the French Wars of Religion; The polemical use of the Albigensian Crusade; The Albigensians as Protestant martyrs; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

With the publication of its 100th book in 2012, the St Andrews Studies in Reformation Studies series celebrated an impressive publishing achievement. Since its establishment in 1995 the series has consistently offered high-quality, innovative and thought-provoking research in the field of early modern religious history. By encouraging authors to adopt a broad and inclusive interpretation of ’Reformation’, the resultant publications have done much to help shape current interdisciplinary interpretations of early-modern religion, expanding attention far beyond narrow theological concerns. Each title within the series has added to a body of international research showing how the ripples of the Reformation spread to virtually every corner of European society, both Protestant and Catholic, and often beyond. From family life, education, literature, music, art and philosophy, to political theory, international relations, economics, colonial ventures, science and military matters, there were few aspects of life that remained untouched in some way by the spirit of religious reform. As well as widening conceptions of the Reformation, the series has for the last fifteen years provided a publishing outlet for work, much of it by new and up-and-coming scholars who might otherwise have struggled to find an international platform for their work. Alongside these monographs, a complementary selection of edited volumes, critical editions of important primary sources, bibliographical studies and new translations of influential Reformation works previously unavailable to English speaking scholars, adds further depth to the topic. By offering this rich mix of approaches and topics, the St Andrews series continues to offer scholars an unparalleled platform for the publication of international scholarship in a dynamic and often controversial area of historical study.

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