History and Polemics in the French Revolution: Florimond de Raemond - Defender of the Church

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This work is a story of the Protestant Reformation seen from the viewpoint of a Catholic politician and writer of polemical histories. Raemond was a member of the Bordeaux Parlement (he bought his friend Montaigne's seat) and served as a magistrate in that body until his death in 1601. His histories, frequently cited by European scholars, offer a wealth of sociological detail uncommon to historical works of his era. His books on the mythical female Pope Joan, on the Antichrist, and on the rise and development of ...
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Overview

This work is a story of the Protestant Reformation seen from the viewpoint of a Catholic politician and writer of polemical histories. Raemond was a member of the Bordeaux Parlement (he bought his friend Montaigne's seat) and served as a magistrate in that body until his death in 1601. His histories, frequently cited by European scholars, offer a wealth of sociological detail uncommon to historical works of his era. His books on the mythical female Pope Joan, on the Antichrist, and on the rise and development of Protestantism contain much of interest to modern historians of popular culture or mentalites, especially where radical sectarians are concerned, and for information relating to the earliest beginnings of Calvinism on French soil, about which little has been written. For such subjects Raemond's history remains a valuable primary source. Raemond's significance in European historiography, a study that is attracting renewed attention among scholars, is explored by comparing his views with those of other historians and public figures of his century, both Protestant and Catholic. The first three chapters deal with Raemond's life and literary associations; the fourth with his expose of "Pope Joan." Next follows a consideration of his book on the Antichrist, which, together with the chapter on Joan, offers a survey of many centuries of information and misinformation concerning church history, especially the nature of papal primacy, apostolic purity, and the apocalyptic fears of a variety of writers and theologians. These included Luther, Calvin, Melanchthon, and John Bale, who thought that the pope or the Turk was the Beast of the Book of Daniel. Raemond emerges as a gifted, if exotic, writer peculiarly attuned to the (Catholic) majority opinion of his times, but still capable of some penetrating analyses of the motives and tactics of the Protestant party, its founders, and its defenders. The representativeness of his views and his popularity with his readers m
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  • ISBN-13: 9780945636298
  • Publisher: Susquehanna University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Pages: 240

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Acknowledgments 15
1 Raemond's Life in Brief 19
2 Exchange of Views: Catholics, Protestants, and Politiques 33
3 Pen and Parlement 48
4 Pope Joan 66
5 The Antichrist 79
6 Luther and Lutheranism 93
7 Calvin and Calvinism 106
8 History and Politics 124
9 Postscript 140
Notes 153
Bibliography 216
Index 233
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    Posted January 11, 2000

    Outstanding book

    For a thesis research can't ask for anything better then this books, gives a great outlook on who Florimond de RAEMOND really is, his thoughts, his philosophy, the heretics, the religion and mcuh more..... 5-STARS all the way!!!!

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