The Burning Chambers is a 'Romeo and Juliet' saga of forbidden love during the French Wars of Religion
, opening on Kate's literary home turf of Carcassonne, south-west France, where the story of a courageous Catholic woman and a passionate Huguenot begins.
Nevertheless, Knecht does provide a new and insightful perspective on Henry III that will inspire revisions in future studies on the French Wars of Religion
HISTORY: The French Wars of Religion
(Huguenots or Calvinist Protestants fought Catholics, 1562-1598) during the second most deadly religious wars in Europe.
The 1583 Huguenots were embroiled in the French Wars of Religion
, which saw incredible persecution and the death of millions.
The indispensability of the Gondi's commercial and financial acumen, and the zenith of their might as bankers to the monarchy, particularly as the Crown's finances crumbled throughout the turbulent decades of the French wars of religion
, are treated in Chapter 2.
This chapter, then, considers both doctrinal differences (the efficacy of sermons versus sacraments, tensions between episcopacy and laity) and religious, or quasi-religious, political confrontations: Elizabeths conflict with Archbishop Grindal over "prophesying"; Pope Pius Vs excommunication of Elizabeth; Mary Queen of Scots' Catholic claim to the succession; Alencon's courtship of Elizabeth framed by the French wars of religion
; the Jesuit mission to England; the Spanish threat, including the Dutch Revolt, the Armada, and the earl of Essex's preemptive strikes against Spain and subsequent fall; and the continuity into James I's reign of attitudes associated with these events, beginning with the Hampton Court Conference and culminating in the Gunpowder Plot.
There are essays on the Thirty Years War (Peter Wilson), the Dutch Revolt (Erika Kuijpers and Judith Pollmann), the French Wars of Religion
(Mark Greengrass), the North American colonies (Karen Ordahl Kupperman), the Atlantic World (Igor Perez Tostado) and refreshingly as an afterforward Southeast Asia (Ben Kiernan).
Their topics include the usable past in the Lemburg Armenian community's struggle for equal rights 1579-1654, taboos and memories of the 1514 peasant revolt in Hungary, material memories of the guildsmen in early modern London, the memory brokers of the Dutch revolt between storytelling and patriotic scripture, narrating experiences and emotion of distressing events in the French wars of religion
, and the experience of rupture and the history of memory.
Their 'Jacobean Grand Tour' takes place at a fascinating historical moment: between the end of the French Wars of Religion
in 1598 and the outbreak of the Thirty Years War in 1618, English Protestants could travel with some new freedoms (and no few risks) on the continent.
Despite some similarities, this is not exactly like the French Wars of Religion
or the Hundred Years' War.
Foreign themes include the French wars of religion
between Catholics and Huguenots, the 1541 annexation of Ireland to England, Henry VIII's "rough wooing" of Scotland, the extent and valuation of the possessions of dissolved religious houses in Ireland, and the trial of the Earl of Kildare for treason.
Governing Passions immerses readers in the political discourse of French elites during the French Wars of Religion
. The texts of speeches that French notables presented during Estates General meetings, peace conferences, official ceremonies, and other assemblies circulated in manuscript and printed copies, provoking political debates and promoting reform agendas.