Local Politics in the French Wars of Religion: The Towns of Champagne, the Duc de Guise, and the Catholic League, 1560–95, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Local Politics in the French Wars of Religion

The Towns of Champagne, the Duc de Guise, and the Catholic League, 1560–95, 1st Edition

By Mark W. Konnert


316 pages

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Drawing on the municipal archives of eleven French provincial towns as well as other related sources, this book explores the links between local and national politics during the Wars of Religion of the later sixteenth century. It argues that the response of the French towns to the challenge of heresy, and later the Catholic League, was conditioned by local circumstances. Whilst previous work has been published on the urban dimensions to the Wars of Religion, few studies provide a study of an entire province, allowing as this book does, the opportunity to explicitly compare several towns. After a detailed topographical introduction, placing in context the towns of the region and describing their differing urban constitutions, the following chapters deal with the crisis points of the Wars of Religion. This book sits squarely in the forefront of one of the dominant themes in the historiography of early modern France: the importance of the local community and local elites in political structures and political life. As such, it will prove fruitful reading for all scholars with an interest in early modern French urban and political culture.


’This is a persuasive and lucid addition to the ever-growing body of local studies of the French Wars of Religion.’ Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique ’We now understand, thanks to Konnert's work, much more clearer, in what sort of urban environments aristocratic clienteles functioned best in the tangled circumstances of civil war in later sixteenth century France.’ H-France Review ’Mark Konnert proves that, even in a province well trodden by historians, there are new things to say about the urban dimension of the Wars of Religion.’ English Historical Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; The province of Champagne; The towns; The early wars, 1562-70; St Bartholomew and its aftermath; 'Personne n'en voulut manger': the first Catholic League and the towns of Champagne; Authority contested: royal power, the Duc de Guise, the Catholic League, and the towns of Champagne, 1580-85; The revived Catholic League and the towns of Champagne; Open rebellion to pacification, 1589-95; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Mark W. Konnert is Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada.

About the Series

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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