Blood and Belief: Family Survival and Confessional Identity among the Provincial Huguenot Nobility

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The story told here of is one of adaptation and determination as the petty noble. Lacger family of Castres in southwestern France evolved -- and sometimes advanced their position--through the tr6ubled times of the Reformation and Wars of Religion, an all too brief period of tolerance, and the later proscription, of Protestantism. In the early 15oos, the family emerged from obscurity, some later attained influential posts and amassed considerable fortunes. While some family members embraced Catholicism for ...
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Overview

The story told here of is one of adaptation and determination as the petty noble. Lacger family of Castres in southwestern France evolved -- and sometimes advanced their position--through the tr6ubled times of the Reformation and Wars of Religion, an all too brief period of tolerance, and the later proscription, of Protestantism. In the early 15oos, the family emerged from obscurity, some later attained influential posts and amassed considerable fortunes. While some family members embraced Catholicism for professional gain, family concerns were stiff important, as many then bequeathed their fortunes to Protestant family members.
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The author focuses on one unspectacular Huguenot family as a paradigm for his study of the role of religious ideology in family cohesiveness in ancien regime France. He traces the evolution of that family over the early modern period, illuminating the familial, cultural, and economic situation of the provincial nobility. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557530417
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.27 (w) x 6.28 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: Ancestral Archives and Historical Issues 1
Perspectives 1
Circumstances 5
Comparisons 12
2 Rudimentary Ambitions and the Conversion to Protestantism 27
3 The Patrimony: Land, Rentes, and Offices 48
Land 49
Rentes 58
Judicial Offices 60
Military Commissions 72
4 Marriage and Family Life 81
5 Inheritance Systems and the Protection of the Patrimony 104
6 Educational Structures and Intellectual Traditions 120
7 Family Allegiances and Kinship Ties 142
8 Confessional Identity and the Crucible of the Revocation 162
9 Conclusion 184
List of Abbreviations 195
Notes 197
Lacger Family Genealogy 235
Bibliography 241
Manuscript Sources 241
Printed Sources 242
Secondary Sources 243
Index 265
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