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'Les Missions Bottés': Religious Coercion Under Louis XIV

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This chapter will not attempt to analyze the century-long persecution culminating in the Edict of Fontainebleau. Instead, the current chapter will limit itself to examining the use of coercive force to execute, enforce, and police the religious policies of Louis XIV. Chronologically, this chapter will limit itself to a discussion of the events of the 1680s and 1690s. Finally, there were the militia regiments with which this chapter is concerned, variously known as the "petite", or in Languedoc as the "second" militia, militias that remained in the interior of the kingdom and charged with policing those regions troubled by Protestant resistance and rebellion. Finally, it is argued throughout this work that Louis XIV presided over a France that was more troubled than is commonly realized.

Keywords: Edict of Fontainebleau; Languedoc; Lea Missions Botes;Religious Coercion; Louis; persecution; petite



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