By Stuart Carroll

Noble affinities have been the essence of energy in sixteenth-century France. this can be the 1st ebook to investigate the improvement of a noble following through the entire process the Wars of faith. The Guise have been one of many maximum households of Christendom and this is often the 1st titanic paintings on them for a century. In Normandy, a stronghold of Protestantism, they equipped a powerful ultra-Catholic get together that finally challenged the monarchy. This ebook breaks new floor through discussing all teams in political society, from foreign dynastic politics to peasant rebel.

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4 N. Z. Davis, Society and culture in early modern France (Stanford, 1975); J. Bossy, ‘The counter- reformation and the people of catholic Europe’, Past and Present, 46 (1970), 51–70; ‘Some elementary forms of Durkheim’, Past and Present, 95 (1982), 3–18. Page 2 Few historians would now challenge the central and autonomous role played by religion as a motivating force during the Wars of Religion. Popular violence and deep confessional cleavages shaped the character of French society in the second half of the sixteenth century.

Nonetheless, mother and son managed to restrict for a generation the share of the Harcourt succession which fell to the co-heirs, the Breton house of Rieux-Rochefort. 6 After 1454 the Rieux enjoyed the comté of Aumale, while the Harcourt- Vaudémont continued to enjoy Harcourt and its appurtenances of Lillebonne, Gravençon, Brionne, Elbeuf, La Saussaye and Routout. In 1476 the young René de Lorraine succeeded his grandmother in the lands. His first marriage, to the great AMC GE 20 liasse 3, 6 June 1543.

21–2. 3 BN MS Fr 8182 fos. 323–45; Bouillé, i, pp. 536–45. 4 Nonetheless, the large Norman component of Claude's landed interest meant that from the begin­ning Normandy was a latent presence in Guise designs. 5 The Guise position in Normandy was founded on the 1417 marriage of Marie d'Harcourt to Antoine comte de Vaudémont. The succession of her brother Jean VI d'Harcourt (d. 1452), the last male representative of the greatest Norman comital house, was considerable: he was comte d'Harcourt and d'Aumale in Normandy, baron de Mayenne in the Maine and vicomte de Châtellerault in Touraine.

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