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Open Access 6. Shaping the Memory of the French Wars of Religion. The First Centuries

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6. Shaping the Memory of the French Wars of Religion. The First Centuries

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In the case of the French Wars of Religion, the tension between memory and forgetting present in all post civil war or post regime change situations was also distinctively shaped by the emphasis on oubliance in the peace-making efforts of the era. Oubliance, had three important limits in particular; (i) the terms of Edict of Nantes based the rights of assembly of many local Protestant churches on the fact of their having regularly gathered at specific dates during Wars of Religion, (ii) confessional identity and confessional rivalry were powerful antidotes to historical amnesia, and (iii) the growing interest in history of both nation and ruling dynasty during these centuries of early modern state building, together with the fact that certain events simply could not be avoided in any coherent attempt to tell story of local or national community, ensured that historical examination of this period never ceased.

Keywords: antidotes; Edict of Nantes; French Wars; historical amnesia; oubliance; Religion



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