Suivre Dieu, servir le roi : la noblesse protestante bas-normande, de 1520 au lendemain de la Révocation de l'édit de Nantes

Abstract : The important steps of French nobility: At first, 1550: part of the French nobility chooses to Protestantism. Then, 1560 and 1598: the French Religious Civil Wars. Finally, it was the start of Absolute Monarchy. When the unity of the Faith no longer existed, the choice of the French nobility was either to be faithful to the King or to god. Therefore, there were a gap between the religious faith and the political loyalties to the King. At first, the French nobles kept trusting their King, but a certain misunderstanding started to develop and the nobles gradually chose freedom over their loyalty to the French King. England’s proximity and Elisabeth 1st’s Court help them keep their distance with the King. They could rely on too their friends and family and parents to keep their faith alive, and the Edict of Nantes re-established the French nobility’s civil and religious rights. However the persecution of the Protestant did already start. Therefore many French Protestants nobles chose exile. Otherwise they were banished by the French Kingdom. Some of them hid their real faith, refusing to have to choose between their God and their king.
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Isabelle Le Touzé. Suivre Dieu, servir le roi : la noblesse protestante bas-normande, de 1520 au lendemain de la Révocation de l'édit de Nantes. Histoire. Université du Maine, 2012. Français. ⟨NNT : 2012LEMA3014⟩. ⟨tel-01174912⟩

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