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Hatred in Print : Catholic Propaganda and Protestant Identity during the French Wars of Religion.

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Luc Racaut


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This is a single authored research monograph based on the author's doctoral research. It is 65,000 words long and contains 8 chapters. It has been reviewed favourably in a dozen peer reviewed journals. Abstract: The period known as the French Wars of Religion is one of the most violent episodes of France's history. From most of the second half of the sixteenth century, Catholics and Protestants were pitched against one against the other in a bitter religious struggle. Luc Racaut demonstrates that this struggle was not only fought doctrinally and on the field, but also created competing narratives and representations of the other. Drawing on the analysis of later sixteenth-century adversarial printe polemic, the book argues that French Protestant self-perception and identity was born out of the dialectic between these competing narratives. In contrast to previous studies, justice is done to the Catholic side of the story with a broad survey of anti-heretical literature and of Catholic contributions to the Reformation debate as a whole. Racaut identifies a network of printers and patrons who actively encouraged the productions of anti-Protestant material. Together with Catholic theologians, this network developed an extremely effective response to the Reformation in France. By the end of the sixteenth century, French monarchs had become aware of the impact of print on the emerging public opinion and began to harness it for the purpose of religious concord. Extracts from reviews: 'Valuable in itself, Hatred in Print also suggests many avenues for further research.' Seventeenth-Century News 'Clearly written, carefully researched, and judiciously argued... succeeds at the same time in opening a new and important avenue of research in the field...' H-France Reviews

Publication metadata

Author(s): Racaut L

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Year: 2002

Number of Pages: 161

Publisher: Ashgate

Place Published: Aldershot


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ISBN: 0754602842