"During the years between the end of the Wars of Religion and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, France's Huguenots enjoyed three generations of relatively stable religious toleration, even though they faced constant solicitations to convert to Catholicism and an erosion of their civil rights. These pioneering essays explore fundamental questions about the Huguenot community - the largest Calvinist minority in seventeenth-century Europe - during the years when the Edict of Nantes defined the terms of its existence." "Benedict's essays delve deeply into untapped archival materials and use methods drawn from horizons as varied as historical demography, the history of the book and the history of mentalities." "These essays will prove of interest to all those concerned with the long-term consequences of the European Reformation, not to mention those simply fascinated by the outlook and experience of a group whose tragic history proved exceptionally rich in human drama."--Jacket.
pt. 1. Social and Demographic Fortunes. 1. Alencon's Huguenots, 1620-85: The Social Transformations of a Reformed Community. 2. The Huguenot Population of France, 1600-85. 3. Faith, Fortune and Social Structure in Seventeenth-Century Montpellier -- pt. 2. Religious Faith, Cultural Capital and Historical Consciousness. 4. Protestant and Catholic Book Ownership in Seventeenth-Century Metz. 5. Toward the Comparative Study of the Popular Market for Art: The Ownership of Paintings in Seventeenth-Century Metz. 6. Two Calvinisms. 7. Print and the Experience of Ritual: Huguenot Books of Preparation for the Lord's Supper. 8. The Owl of Minerva at Dusk: Philippe Le Noir de Crevain, a Pastor-Historian under Louis XIV -- pt. 3. Coexistence and Confessionalization. 9. Un roi, une loi, deux fois: Parameters for the History of Catholic-Reformed Coexistence in France, 1555-1685. 10. Confessionalization in France? Critical Reflections and New Evidence
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