Religion and Royal Justice in Early Modern France

The Paris Chambre de lEdit, 15981665

By (author) Diane C. Margolf

Hardback - £39.95

Publication date:

01 January 2004

Length of book:

216 pages


Truman State University Press

ISBN-13: 9781931112253

Diane Margolf looks at the Paris Chambre de l’Edit in this well-researched study about the special royal law court that adjudicated disputes between French Huguenots and the Catholics. Using archival records of the court’s criminal cases, Margolf analyzes the connections to three major issues in early modern French and European history: religious conflict and coexistence, the growing claims of the French crown to define and maintain order, and competing concepts of community and identity in the French state and society. Based on previously unexplored archival materials, Margolf examines the court through a cultural lens and offers portraits of ordinary men and women who were litigants before the court, and the magistrates who heard their cases.

“This is the first book to try to examine and explain in a systematic way why the royal justice system was never able to protect the interests of French Huguenots after 1598, as the Edict of Nantes implied it would do. Basing her research on the records of the Chambre de l’Edit in Paris, Diane Margolf offers a great deal of insight into the practical limitations of the Edict of Nantes and why it could never be the guarantor of religious freedom that some Huguenots had hoped for.”

—Mack P. Holt