The Faith and Fortunes of France's Huguenots, 1600-85

Front Cover
Ashgate, Jan 1, 2001 - History - 336 pages
0 Reviews
The essays presented in this book represent a series of explorations in the social and religious history of France's Huguenots between the Edict of Nantes and its revocation. This book investigates the history of the Huguenots: how the community evolved numerically and sociologically in the face of intensifying pressure to return to the Catholic church; the nature of huguenot identity; the religious psychology, cultural practices and mental world of the group and its members. It also studies marital customs, moral beliefs, social mobility and wealth accumulation. The author explores whether there was a link between Calvinism and capitalism, as German sociologist Max Weber believed. He looks at whether the Huguenots displayed a greater inner-wordly asceticism or more of an aptitude for economic success than their Catholic neighbours. There is an investigation of the Protestant and Catholic visual cultures and a look at their behaviours and customs.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


The Social Transformations
The Huguenot Population of France 160085 34
Faith Fortune and Social Structure in SeventeenthCentury

8 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

Alencon among ancien regime Anduze Annonay appear Aquitaine artisans au XVIIe Authon-du-Perche bailliage baptisms behaviour Bordeaux bourgeoisie Caen Calvin Calvinist Camisards Castres Catholic Catholic marriages Catholicism Catholiques Cene Cevennes Charles Drelincourt Chef-Boutonne city's communion confessional congregations consistory Counter-Reformation Crevain Crulai culture Daille decades decline Delft demographic dowry dragonnades early modern Early Modern France Edict of Fontainebleau Edict of Nantes estimated evidence faith figures France France's Francois Rabelais French Geneva Grenoble Henri-Jean Martin heresy Histoire historians History of Brittany history of toleration Huguenot illegitimacy inventories Jean La Rochelle Languedoc Le Noir livres livres tournois Loudun Louis Cappel Louis XIV Marennes marriage contracts Marsillargues Max Weber merchants Metz Metz's Midi Montauban Montpellier Montpellier's Mussidan Natalie Zemon Davis Nerac Nimes Niort Noir de Crevain notaries number of baptisms occupational Orpierre paintings Paris parish parish registers Parlement pastor pattern Paul Ferry Pays de Caux per cent percentage period Pierre Pierre Bayle Pierre Chaunu Pierre Du Moulin Pierre Goubert Poitou political predestination Preuilly-sur-Claise Protestant Protestant community Protestant population Protestantism Protestantisme Puritan Reformed church region registers religion religious reveal Revocation Ribon Roquecourbe Rouen royal rural Saint Saint-Barthelemy Saint-Hippolyte Saint-Jean-d'Angle Saint-Jean-du-Gard Saint-Quentin sample Sancerre Saumur Seine-Maritime seventeenth century social societe synod Table Taffin Theodore Beza toleration Toulouse urban Vivarais Wars of Religion Weber thesis worship XVIIe siecle

About the author (2001)

Philip Benedict is William Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of History and Religion at Brown University.

Bibliographic information