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Penser le consistoire au début des troubles religieux (Vers 1560–62)

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This chapter focuses on the structure of the French Reformed churches and their consistories on the eve of the Wars of Religion. The Catholics lodged two major accusations against the consistories: they were tribunals that sought to usurp the established system of justice, and they were instruments of insurrection. Both accusations went to the issue of justice: immediate justice as well as inherent justice. As the risk of conflict grew, the defensive and offensive functions of the consistory proved substantial and effective. These developments preceded the troubles of 1562 and in the French southwest occurred simultaneous to the appearance of the first Catholic Leagues. At a time when there were few restrictions on a pastor's right to speak, some preachers may have encouraged assertions and complaints against the authority of the Church, and also against the king and the nobility.

Keywords: Catholic Leagues; consistories; French Reformed churches; Wars of Religion



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