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The Ironies Of English Erastianism: Puritanism And The Outbreak Of The English Civil Wars

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The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and the persecution of French Protestants that followed was perhaps the high point of collaboration between the Catholic Church and the French state. This chapter focuses on the Protestant question, argues that there was less unanimity during the reigns of both Louis XIV and Louis XV than this picture suggests. Similarly, during the second half of the eighteenth century, the gap between the officially stated position and the reality of enforcement by the secular authorities was paralleled by divisions within the church. The continuities were as significant as the changes. Both the secular and the religious authorities were divided between those for whom ideology took precedence and those who were prepared to compromise in the interests of peace, religion, or good government.

Keywords:Catholic Church; French state; Louis XV; Protestant; revocation



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