City on the Ocean Sea: La Rochelle, 1530-1650 : Urban Society, Religion, and Politics on the French Atlantic Frontier

BRILL, 1997 - 464 páginas
This important volume presents the first comprehensive history of early modern La Rochelle, a port town whose fractious residents became embroiled in the French Reformations. Opening chapters situate the Rochelais within the geopolitics of an oceanic frontier, where urbanites created a strong, heavily armed civic government, in part because they perceived themselves as isolated civilizing agents surrounded by the savage inhabitants of a lawless environment. Analysis of the city's Reformation proceeds within this context of place and politics, showing how various ranks of the citizenry idiosyncratically adopted the tenets of Calvinism, amalgamating these salvific doctrines with traditional civic rites and values - to the consternation of more orthodox pastors. Juxtaposing serial sources from multiple archives, Robbins shows with innovative detail how local political and religious struggles intermeshed, setting the city and its Reformed congregations on a fatal collision course with the Bourbon monarchy. Concluding chapters examine how great aristocratic families, churchmen, and Catholic magistrates joined in a local Counter-Reformation, remaking urban power politics from the ground up.

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A City in a Landscape of Islands
An Introduction to the Power Politics
No City on a Hill The Rochelais Refor
The Course of Urban Politics in La Rochelle
Transforming Civic Authority Bourgeois
The Advent of a New Civic Regime Urban
CounterReforming La Rochelle
Appendix One
Index of Personal Names
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Kevin C. Robbins, Ph.D. (1991) in History, Johns Hopkins University, is currently an Assistant Professor of history at Indiana University, Indianapolis. He has published widely on the sociopolitical and sociocultural histories of French west country towns.

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