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Resurrecting King And Reform, 1525–1530

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Francis I's captivity was among the most dramatic as well as self-consciously dramatized episodes in Marguerite's life. When her brother was at the lowest point of his reign and her network was being crushed, Marguerite employed her considerable creativity and guile to 'resurrect' them both. The captivity of Francis I gravely endangered the royal regime and forced it to mature politically. The release of Francis I from Spain in exchange for his sons was an incomplete blessing for French evangelicals. As hard as Marguerite had tried to instill her sense of religious mission in her brother, upon his return he soon subordinated religious affairs to political concerns. Marguerite understood the situation, and regulated her network's pursuit of religious renewal accordingly. Extending Marguerite metaphor, one might say that after Francis I returned to the kingdom, evangelicals still had to wait another four years for their Pentecost.

Keywords: Francis I; Marguerite; recovery; resurrection



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