This volume makes accessible some of the most recent research of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in France. Using a topical approach to provide broad thematic coverage of the period from 1500 to 1648, each chapter focuses on a specific area of French history: politics and the state, the economy, society and culture, religion, and gender and the family. The book is more than a collection of topical essays, however, as each chapter is linked to the
others, together forming a coherent narrative of French history from the advent of the Reformation, through the civil wars of the second half of the sixteenth century, to the Fronde. The result is the most up-to-date synthesis of this period, showing how recent scholarship has significantly revised the
traditional narrative of French history.
Mack P. Holt is Professor of History at George Mason University. His work has won prizes from the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, the National Huguenot Society, and the Southern Historical Association. He has served on the editorial board of French Historical Studies, and in 1999 was the president of the Society for French Historical Studies. He has previously taught at Harvard and Vanderbilt universities.
Introduction ; 1. The Kingdom of France in the Sixteenth Century ; 2. Social Groups and Cultural Practices ; 3. Rural, Urban, and Global Economies ; 4. Gender and the Family ; 5. Religion and the Sacred ; 6. The Wars of Religion ; 7. Catholic Reform and Religious Coexistence ; 8. Redrawing the Lines of Authority ; Conclusion ; Further Reading ; Chronology ; Maps