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The French Wars of Religion, 1562 1629 (New Approaches to European History #8)

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This book is a new edition of Mack P. Holt's classic study of the French religious wars of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Drawing on the scholarship of social and cultural historians of the Reformation, it shows how religion infused both politics and the socio-economic tensions of the period to produce a long extended civil war. Professor Holt integrates court po ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1995)
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P.H.G. Haslam
Oct 11, 2015 P.H.G. Haslam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As stated by previous reviewers, this book gives exactly what it should: a balanced and readable overview of these fairly fascinating wars.

The section on the St Bartholomew's Day massacres was my primary reason for reading, and especially interesting were those precious few moments discussing popular violence against Huguenots at the time. If anybody knows of a book or essay which discusses this phenomena in more detail then please do get in touch, I'm very interested and I'd like to pursue the
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Carl Maguire
Dec 27, 2016 Carl Maguire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mack P. Holt offers an insightful analysis into the causes of the French Wars of Religion, from 1562-1629. He reasserts the importance of religion as a dominant factor in the mentalité of the people in 16th century France and provides detailed accounts of the events of the wars, as well as the events leading up to them and their aftermath, in order to support his argument. As well as being an educational book, Holt's narrative offers an account that makes for thoroughly enjoyable reading. This b ...more
Victoria
Broadly revisionist work that overtly attempts to put the religion back in the history of the wars of religion. Works with the kind of Bossy/Duffy-esque definition of religion as a body of believers rather than a body of doctrine.
Rex Bradshaw
Dec 19, 2015 Rex Bradshaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book gave me exactly what I wanted--a concise, complete, balanced overview of the French Wars of Religion. It is well written, with just the right amount of detail.
Jim
Jul 14, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent overview of late 16th century France.
Jessica Sparks
Dec 01, 2015 Jessica Sparks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really enjoyed this book (much more than I thought I would). Clear, easy to follow, and just the right amount of information.
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Mack P. Holt is Professor of History and received his Ph.D in History from Emory University in 1982. Before coming to George Mason in 1989 he taught at Harvard and Vanderbilt universities. From 1998 to 2002 he was also Director of the Honors Program in General Education, and he served as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies from 2004 to 2010.
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