Liturgy, Politics, and Salvation

Liturgy, Politics, and Salvation

The Catholic League in Paris and the Nature of Catholic Reform, 1540-1630

Ann W. Ramsey


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University of Rochester Press



The first empirical analysis of the role of the Catholic League in the Counter-Reformation of the French state in the 16th century.
Liturgy, Politics, and Salvation analyzes the contest between the Catholic League and the sovereign authority of the French crown in the middle to late sixteenth century, as a clash between three very different existential positions on the proper relations between the sacred and the profane. This was a debate between Huguenots, Politiques, and the zealous Catholic Leaguers, which frequently led to open conflict, violence, and an undermining of the supremacy of the French state. This book provides a much-needed examination of the role of the Catholic League in the Counter-Reformation of France and how this influence can still be felt today in French politics.


December 1999
6 black and white illustrations
254 pages
9x6 in
ISBN: 9781580460316
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC HIS037030, REL015000
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An important book, highly innovative in its methodology and research...It reaches important conclusions in its own right as well as pointing the way to further research on the Catholic League and Catholic reform. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW(This book's) conclusions and sophisticated methodology make it important for all those interested in the religious changes of early modern France. AHRRamsey offers a wealth of information. Her mircoportraits of testators are fascinating. She hopes that her investigation will foster further research into the field that she has mined, and it surely will. 16C. JNLRamsey has opened a window on a fascinating world...which has hitherto been inaccessible to us. ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY