The Huguenots in England: Immigration and Settlement c.1550-1700by B. J. Cottret
Pub. Date: 01/16/1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This is a much-revised version of Professor Cottret's acclaimed study of the Huguenot communities in England, first published in French by Aubier in 1985. The Huguenots in England presents a detailed, sympathetic assessment of one of the great migrations of early modern Europe, examining the social origins, aspirations and eventual destiny of the refugees, and their responses to their new-found home, a Protestant terre d'exil. Bernard Cottret shows how for the poor weavers, carders and craftsmen who constituted the majority of the exiles the experience of religious persecution was at once personal calamity, disruptive of home and family, and heaven-sent economic opportunity, which many were quick to exploit. The individual testimonies contained in consistory registers contain a wealth of personal narrative, reflection and reaction, enabling Professor Cottret to build a fully rounded picture of the Huguenot experience in early modern England. In an extended afterword Professor Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie considers the Huguenot phenomenon in the wider context of the contrasting British and French attitudes to religious minorities in the early modern period.
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Table of ContentsList of figures, maps and tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 'How to be an alien' reconsidered; The refuge in time and space; Part I. Exile and the Kingdom in the Century of the Reformation: 1. A founding episode: Edward VI's character, 1550; 2. The reign of Elizabeth: charity begins at home; Part II. Splendours and Misfortunes of the Seventeenth Century: 3. From religious loyalty to political exasperation: 1603–1642; 4. The Church and the body politic, 1642–1660: godly rebellion or lay reformation?; 5. The restoration: from consensus to division, c. 1660–1680; 6. The impact of massive immigration, c. 1680–1700; Part III. Stranger Communities and Minorities: 7. An alternative form of social life?; 8. Moral enforcement: the obligation of dignity; Conclusion; Towards a typology of minorities?; Documents; Afterword; Select bibliography; Index of names.
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