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1 The Religious Wars The French Civil/Religious Wars

2 Our objectives: How did Calvinist beliefs threaten the French monarchy? You will learn that religion was not the only reason for the wars… Know the events leading up to the St. Bartholomew day massacre. Who is a Politique and what were his/her beliefs? What did the Edict of Nantes do for France?

3 Between 1560 (The League of Augsburg) and 1648 Two Major Wars caused devastation for Europe

4 After these wars, Religion would cease to have a major role in European Warfare But the memory of the Religious Wars would go a long ways toward bringing about a religious freedom and the separation of church and state

5 It must also be considered, that though religion has been cited as the main catalyst for these wars, ECONOMICS and POLITICAL ALLIANCES were perhaps equally important

6 Therefore, when you hear a person say Im not religious because religion has caused so much destruction in history. Say to them, politely, Dont blame religion, buddy, it was economics and political alliances that caused many problems.

7 The French Religious Wars… France was largest country in Europe Calvinism spread quickly into France (Calvin himself was French)

8 In France, a large proportion of the nobility became Protestant Like Germany, these nobles wanted the right to choose the religion of their area Many towns converted to Protestantism

9 The Kings of France opposed Calvinism This includes Francois I And Henry II (Diane de Poitiers)

10 Lutherans in Germany and Anglicans in England also opposed the spread of Calvinismthey believed there wasnt enough room for another religion. Besides, Calvinism was troubling because of its independence

11 Remember, Calvinism did not respect state authority over religious independence. Ones allegiance was to God

12 In France, persecution of the Huguenots begins Many are burned at Stake

13 Henry II dies in a joustCatherine Medici, his widow, is left with three young sons. These three kingsFrancis1560, Charles IX 1574, and Henry III, 1589 never have a firm hand on the monarchy

14 There were two sides: The Huguenots, led by the King of Navarre and Admiral Coligny Vs. The Catholic Guise family

15 During this time, France slid into civil war

16 The Huguenots fought for religious liberty

17 The Guises fought to eliminate Calvinism, but they also fought for control of France. Henry III ordered the assassination of the Duke of Guise

18 Catherine de Medici, the queen mother, played both sides against each other.

19 Matters came to a head when Henry, King of Navarre came to Paris to marry Margot, daughter of Catherine de Medici, and sister to the King (1572)

20 Thousands of Huguenots flooded Paris to see the marriage of their King

21 Catherine de Medici orders that the Huguenot leaders are to be killed. Henry of Navarre escapes but Coligny is murdered.

22 This occurred on St. Bartholomews Day. Mob violence broke out as both sides killed each other Thousands of Huguenots were murdered across France. Hell broke lose as mercenaries were hired to participate in the killing



25 In Rome, the pope was delighted with the murder of the Huguenots. He ordered a celebration mass. Medals were struck to remember this Catholic victory.

26 The Protestants appealed to Elizabeth of England to invade France. Elizabeth looked at the events in France with horror. She became even more determined to prevent this happening in her country.

27 The French royal family also tried to lure Elizabeth into marriage with one of their members, the younger son of Catherine, the Duke of Anjou

28 Wisely, Elizabeth kept out of the French mess she focused her aide on the Netherlands revoltan area where she could have the most impact

29 This religious fighting in France was chaotic, with armed bands roaming the countryside and many mini-truces among different areas.

30 Gradually, there developed the belief that nothing justified this everlasting chaos and war.

31 This belief was that of a politique The idea that civil order can accommodate more than one religion

32 France looked toward Henry of Navarre to provide the leadership needed.


34 If we remember, Henry had barely escaped from the St. Bartholomews Day Massacre He and Princess Margot never grew close, but she was loyal and supportive.

35 The final son, Henry III, of Catherine de Medici was assassinated in Now the throne went to the next legal heir, Henry of NavarreHe would now be Henry IV. Henry had the choice to convert to Catholicism before the Guise family would accept himhe converted in order to gain the throne.

36 He entered Paris, supposedly saying Paris is worth a Mass The Catholics were delighted The Huguenots were horrified But Henry took the steps necessary to provide state order and end the French religious wars.

37 Henry did not forget the Huguenots. He issued the Edict of Nantes in 1598 This Edict guaranteed civil rights for Huguenots. Paris was off limit to Protestants

38 The Huguenots became less rebellious after the Edict of Nantes And Henry IV FORCED toleration on his country

39 Henry IV became one of Frances greatest Kings

40 He amicably divorced Margot, and married Marie de Medici. They had several children.

41 He helped France to rebuild after the wars and promised a Chicken in Every Pot.

42 He brought peace and prosperity for 21 years of his rule.

43 He never consulted the French Parliament, the Estates General---Taxes (the taille) were administered directly. Parliament was not consulted.

44 Sadly, Henry was assassinated in 1610 by a crazed Catholic fanatic

45 Ravellic was the assassin. He was punished for his deed.

46 Marie ruled alone as a regent for her son, Louis XIII.

47 Over time, Cardinal Richelieu of France gained great influence during the childhood and adulthood of Louis XIIIonly dying a year before Louis did. (1642) Richelieu tried to maintain the order of Henry IVhe was the de facto ruler for 32 years


49 The way was paved for Frances greatest absolute monarch, Louis XIV

50 These are the things you have just learned in this slide show. How did Calvinist beliefs threaten the French monarchy? You will learn that religion was not the only reason for the wars… Who were the victims of the St. Bartholomews day massacre? Who is a Politique and what were his/her beliefs? What did the Edict of Nantes do for France

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