This book was BORING. But it was not entirely without merit. It educated me considerably on the degree to which religious strife has played a role in the history of France. One tends to think of France as a thoroughly Catholic country, but there was once a flourishing Protestant movement. It is tantalizing to speculate how France might have evolved if the Huguenots had not been stamped out root and branch; perhaps she would have thrived and prospered the way other Protestant countries have thrived and prospered. This seemed possible with the accession of Henry IV, but he paid a heavy price for his religious tolerance. My eyes were glazed over throughout most of this volume, but here and there there were some interesting bits of information. Not a book I would recommend to those with weak stomachs or short attention spans.
Sep 26 2014
The Rise and Fall of Renaissance France by R.J. Knecht
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