Blood and Religion: The Conscience of Henri IV

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Overview

Love places these matters in context against the broader background of endemic civil war, contemporary religious culture, and the many responsibilities imposed upon Henri by his royal rank and political role. Blood and Religion concludes with a close analysis of Henri's conversion to Catholicism in July 1593, including the king's crisis of conscience as he struggled to secure his crown and preserve his soul. Love's fresh interpretations of the influence of religion on Henri IV's political and military choices challenge much of modern scholarship on this important French monarch and cast new light on the motivations and worldview of sixteenth-century sovereigns in an age when religion and politics were inseparable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773521247
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2001
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note to the Reader
Introduction: Interpreting Henri IV 3
1 Mother and Son, December 1553 to August 1572 17
2 The Counterfeit Catholic, August 1572 to February 1576 51
3 Blood, Belief, Behaviour, and the Shaping of a King, February 1576 to June 1584 71
4 The Years of Uncertainty, June 1584 to August 1589 117
5 The Years of Uneasy Balance, September 1589 to October 1591 175
6 The Years of Despair and Diminishing Choices, November 1591 to April 1593 219
7 Conversion and the Conscience of the King, May to July 1593 269
Conclusion: Reinterpreting Henri IV 305
Abbreviations 311
Notes 313
Bibliography 415
Index 451
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