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Absolute Monarchy and France. A. By 1560’s one in ten people in France were French Calvinist Protestants (also known as Huguenots) 1.A large population.

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1 Absolute Monarchy and France

2 A. By 1560’s one in ten people in France were French Calvinist Protestants (also known as Huguenots) 1.A large population of the Huguenots consisted of noble families and threatened the Catholic French Monarchy 2.The monarchy adhered to the ideas that all loyal citizens of France should share un, roi, une loi, une foi (one king, one law, one religion)

3 B. The protestant reformation spread from Germany to France. 1. The catalyst of the French Protestants occurred on August 24, 1572: it became commonly known as the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre 2. This bloody event was the massacre of almost 70,000 Huguenots at the hand of Catherine de’ Medici, the queen of France.

4 Painting of the massacre- took place four days after the wedding of the king's sister Margaret to the Protestant Henry III of Navarre (the future Henry IV of France).

5 3. This was deeper blow to the promise of religious tolerance because the event took place at the wedding of a Catholic and French Calvinist a Protestant. A Huguenot, on St. Bartholomew's Day, Refusing to Shield Himself from Danger by Wearing the Roman Catholic Badge (1852) is a painting by John Everett Millais. Propaganda print depicting Huguenot aggression against Catholics at sea. Horribles cruautés des Huguenots, 16th century.

6 A. In 1593 Henry of Navarre became Henry IV 1. He was able to gain acceptance from France by converting from Protestantism to Catholicism i. “Paris is well worth a Mass” ii. Even though he was a newly affiliated Catholic, Henry didn’t forget his religious roots. Portrait of Henry IV as Hercules slaying the Lernaean Hydra. Painted ca In Greek mythology, the Lernaean Hydra was an ancient nameless serpent-like water beast with reptilian traits that possessed many heads.

7 2. Even though he was a newly affiliated Catholic, Henry didn’t forget his religious roots. Henry issued the Edict of Nantes, which gave French Protestants (Huguenots) limited freedom of worship and the right to hold office in towns where Protestant was the dominant religion B. The Edict ended religious wars in France, but declared Catholicism the official religion of France. 1. The Edict also required the Huguenots to support the Catholic Church financially.

8 Henry IV signing the “Edict”  Edict of Nantes

9 2. In addition to encouraging religious tolerance, Henry IV also eliminated France’s debt and was able to build a surplus 3. He also drained swamps, built roads and canals and encouraged agriculture

10 Assassination of Henry IV by Gaspar Bouttats Henry IV was assassinated in 1640 by a Catholic fanatic Henry IV’s assassin: François Ravaillac

11 A. In 1624, Louis XIII appointed Cardinal Richelieu as his chief minister and most trusted adviser 1.Richelieu sought to destroy the power of the Huguenots and nobles, two groups that did not bow to royal authority 2.Despite Louis and Richelieu’s dream of a Catholic France, during the Thirty Years War, Richelieu entered France on the Protestant side, the creation of his Reason of the State, which meant putting social/political/religious issues aside for the betterment of the state (country).

12 B. Louis and Richelieu died within the same year, leaving Louis XIV, Louis XIII’s son, the heir to France’s crown 1. Many consider Louis XIV history’s best example of an absolute monarch 2. His famous quote, “L’etat, c’est moi.” meaning “I am the state.” 3. Referred to as the “Sun King”

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14 A. Louis demanded to be in charge of all: 1.Military 2.Political 3.Economic Affairs B. Louis deprived the nobility of influence 1.Built palace outside Paris at Versailles; demanded noble visit regularly 2.Nobles gained prestige being servants at Versailles court i. Developed new habits of dressing, dining, gambling ii. Grew poorer iii. Louis XIV’s style, ceremony emphasized political importance.

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19 A. 1685, Louis revoked Edict of Nantes, outlawed Protestantism in France 1.Over 200,000 Huguenots fled- prosperous merchants, artisans which meant the loss of their skills and wealth helped cause financial crisis 2.This was similar to Spain’s expulsion of the Jews and the Muslims

20 B. The Battle of Rockroy established France as the possessor of the most powerful army in Europe 1. The most costly war, War of Spanish Succession, started when the King of Spain died without an heir , England, Netherlands, Holy Roman Empire went to war against France, to prevent the combining forces of France and Spain

21 C. 1713, after many defeats, Louis accepted the Treaty of Utrecht which said Louis’s grandson got Spanish throne anyway. 1. Also said France and Spain could never to be ruled by same monarch 2. War benefited England at expense of France, Spain.


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