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The Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre: The Mysteries of a Crime of State

Arlette Jouanna


The Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, which began in Paris in August 1572 and later spread to numerous other French towns, was the most notorious bloodbath of its kind in early modern Europe. Occurring during the French wars of religion, the Massacre has for long encapsulated the worst features of religious violence. Over the centuries, its gruesome reputation has generated numerous conspiracy theories. This book seeks dispassionately to sift the evidence and follow where it leads, but also to understand how contemporaries came to terms with the events of 1572. It also follows the reactions of ... More

Keywords: Violence, religion, conspiracy, Huguenots, Reason of state, Estates general

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719097553
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719097553.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arlette Jouanna, author
University of Montpellier-III