The Politics of Religion in Early Modern France Joseph Bergin

Publication date:
23 Oct 2014
Yale University Press
392 pages: 235 x 156mm
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Rich in detail and broad in scope, this majestic book is the first to reveal the interaction of politics and religion in France during the crucial years of the long seventeenth century. Joseph Bergin begins with the Wars of Religion, which proved to be longer and more violent in France than elsewhere in Europe and left a legacy of unresolved tensions between church and state with serious repercussions for each. He then draws together a series of unresolved problems—both practical and ideological—that challenged French leaders thereafter, arriving at an original and comprehensive view of the close interrelations between the political and spiritual spheres of the time.
The author considers the powerful religious dimension of French royal power even in the seventeenth century, the shift from reluctant toleration of a Protestant minority to increasing aversion, conflicts over the independence of the Catholic church and the power of the pope over secular rulers, and a wealth of other interconnected topics.

Joseph Bergin is emeritus professor of history, University of Manchester, and a world-renowned historian of France.

'A refreshing, rich and rewarding synthesis. – Mark Greengrass, Times Literary Supplement

'What a challenge, and how fully and magnificently it has been met!' —Sylvie Daubresse, Histoire, Economie et Société

'Joseph Bergin’s book is a magisterial lesson in historical writing… indispensable and stimulating.' —Julien Léonard, Revue Historique

'This is a magisterial, comprehensive treatment of Church, religion and the royal state through a detailed examination of theory and practice across time… [It] will be the reference work in English on this subject for many years to come and compulsory reading for everyone with an interest in this period.' —Elizabeth Tingle, European History Quarterly