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Authority and Society in Nantes during the French Wars of Religion, 1559–98$
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Elizabeth C. Tingle

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719067266

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719067266.001.0001

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Nantes and the Catholic League rebellion, 1589–98

Nantes and the Catholic League rebellion, 1589–98

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Authority and Society in Nantes during the French Wars of Religion, 1559–98

Elizabeth C. Tingle

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the aims of the Nantais in their rebellion, and the relationship between the city and Mercoeur, also revealing the reason it took so long for Nantes to submit to Henry IV. Nantes played a central role in the Bretons' rebellion against the crown. In Charles Laronze's view, the League was above all else an urban movement, where the Breton towns fought in defence of their commercial interests, political privileges and religious beliefs. From 1589 onwards, Nantes became Mercoeur's ‘capital’, the site of the League's provincial administration, with a parlement and Chambre des Comptes. The city wanted to become the capital of Brittany, to regain the parlement lost to Rennes in 1560, and to dominate provincial administration and politics.

Keywords:   Nantes, Brittany, Charles Laronze, Bretons' rebellion, Catholic League rebellion, Mercoeur

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