The French Religious Wars 1562–1598

By: Robert Jean Knecht

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The eight French Wars of Religion began in 1562 and lasted for 36 years. Although the wars were fought between Catholics and Protestants, this books draws out in full the equally important struggle for power between the king and the leading nobles, and the rivalry between the nobles themselves as they vied for control of the king. In a time when human life counted for little, the destruction reached its height in the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre when up to 10,000 Protestants lost their lives.

Title: The French Religious Wars 1562–1598

Author: Robert Jean Knecht

Illustrator: Reg. Price: $14.95

Categories: Military, France,

Publisher: Osprey: 2002

ISBN Number: 1841763950

ISBN Number 13: 9781841763958

Binding: paperback

Book Details: 96 pages, paperback, Osprey

Seller ID: 763950

Description: The eight French Wars of Religion began in 1562 and lasted for 36 years. Although the wars were fought between Catholics and Protestants, this books draws out in full the equally important struggle for power between the king and the leading nobles, and the rivalry between the nobles themselves as they vied for control of the king. In a time when human life counted for little, the destruction reached its height in the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre when up to 10,000 Protestants lost their lives.

About Author
Robert J. Knecht is Emeritus Professor of French History at the University of Birmingham, where he taught from 1956 until 1994. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has been Chairman of the Society for the Study of French History and of the Society of Renaissance Studies. He has written extensively on sixteenth-century France, especially the reign of Francis I. His latest book is The French Civil Wars (London, Pearson, 2000).

Table of Contents
Introduction
Chronology
Background to war
Religious dissent and aristocratic discontent
Warring sides: The Crown and the Huguenots
Outbreak: The first war (2 April 1562-12 March 1563)
The fighting: From the 'Surprise de Meaux' to the siege of Rouen
Portrait of a soldier: Two soldier writers, one Huguenot captain
The world around war: The impact of the Wars of Religion on France's neighbours
Portrait of a civilian: a lawyer, a surgeon and a pastor
How the war ended: Henry IV's conversion
Conclusion and consequences