Governing Passions: Peace and Reform in the French Kingdom, by Mark Greengrass

By Mark Greengrass

The French nation dissolved into civil wars, often called the 'wars of religion', for a new release from 1562 to 1598. This ebook examines the reactions of France's governing teams to that have. Their significant political endeavour was once securing peace. They tried to accomplish it via a non secular pluralism no longer envisaged in the other kingdom in this scale during this interval. Its fulfillment may merely be fulfilled, although, along a reform of the kingdom's institutions
and society. Peace and reform went hand in hand - an ethical time table for restoration.

France's notables drew on reservoirs of classical and Christian ethical philosophy and knowledge to discover useful solutions to the tough difficulties of governance that faced them. The ensuing public introspection and vocal debates are tough to check wherever else in Europe at the moment. They have been an important a part of the profound experience of predicament that France's governing elites skilled throughout the later 16th century.

Drawing broadly on manuscript and revealed assets no longer hitherto tested, this ebook analyses for the 1st time the debates on the Estates normal of Blois (1576-7) and the meeting of Notables at Saint-Germain-en-Laye of 1583-4. It exhibits the French polity in a clean gentle, featuring significant problems with political notion of their public and functional context. And it re-examines the an important and little-understood reign of Henri III, the final Valois king, suggesting how Bourbon France might have
emerged very in a different way from the civil wars of the overdue 16th century.

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He had an image of the kinds of individuals he wanted as bishops: ‘charitables, de bonne vie et doctrine, lesquelz puissent prescher, ou ayent soing de faire prescher de scauans personnaiges en leurs dioceses’. ’ He proposed a radical change in the way in which ecclesiastical appointments were made. ³¹ Bishops would be required annually to present to the secretaries of state a list of all the abbeys and priories in their dioceses that were in the king’s presentment. The lists would include the names of their current holders, the details of their provision, and an estimate of the material state of the monastic house in question.

De Paris, 309. ⁷⁶ Ibid. 311–12. ⁷⁷ Ibid. 319–20. ⁷⁸ Ibid. 313–18. Defeat and Reformation 33 the corruption of the realm. Simony was openly permitted. Benefices were openly held by married gentlemen and even gentlewomen. The people were left without religious instruction. It was hardly surprising that ‘vostre pauure Peuple se desbauche et desvye de l’ancienne et vraie Religion’. Justice could only be bought. The Roman Emperor Hadrian had declared on his death bed that he died of a surfeit of physicians; just so France was suffocating from an excess of incompetent and corrupt magistrates.

Discours presente au Roy par le Roy de Poullongne son frere touchant sommairement son voiage faict a la Rochelle, Et aultres choses concernant le bien et repos de son Roiaulme’ to which another hand, apparently that of the duke of Nevers, adds ‘Lequel je dressai au nom dudit Roy quy le presenta au Roy Charles son frere auant son partement pour aller en Poulogne’]. Champion, La Jeunesse de Henri III, ii. 229–32. , fo. 166. Defeat and Reformation 21 only begin with the determined royal reassertion of its powers of favour and reward to ensure that its notables lived up to their name.

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