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The French Religious Wars, 1562-1598

(Osprey Essential Histories #47)

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The eight French Wars of Religion began in 1562 and lasted for 36 years. Although the wars were fought between Catholics and Protestants, this books draws out in full the equally important struggle for power between the king and the leading nobles, and the rivalry between the nobles themselves as they vied for control of the king. In a time when human life counted for ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 25th 2002 by Osprey
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Declan Waters
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is an era of France I knew nothing about coinciding as it does with the reign of Elizabeth I. And so most of my (limited) knowledge of the era is from that side.

This was a very well presented and researched book on the period of turmoil in France between Catholics and Protestants (Hugenots) and the wars, battles, sieges, assassinations and massacres that occured during the time. The author follows the same structure as the rest of the series and provides a very good addition to the series.

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Susanna Hl
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
It was alright for gaining an understanding of the bare facts, but very little analysis or background.
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This book does a pretty good job of teasing out the various strands leading to the French Civil Wars, particularly the Catholic/Huguenot divide and its complications over time.
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A good intro into the subject
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R.J. Knecht is Emeritus Professor of French History at the University of Birmingham, where he has taught since 1956. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Société de l'Histoire de France, Professor Knecht has been Reviews Editor of the journal 'French History' and is a member of its editorial board. He has also been Chairman of the Society for Renaissance Studies and is ...more

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