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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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Conclusions: authority and society in Nantes during the religious wars

Conclusions: authority and society in Nantes during the religious wars

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(p.208) 8 Conclusions: authority and society in Nantes during the religious wars
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Authority and Society in Nantes during the French Wars of Religion, 1559–98
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Elizabeth C. Tingle

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719067266.003.0008

Throughout the religious wars, the stability of urban governance in Nantes was striking. This arose from the shared nature of authority, which was widely disseminated among many different groups in the city. Urban government was not simply a system of regulation imposed from above. While participation in the municipality itself was the preserve of the wealthy elite, this was a relatively open group. Further, all householders could take part in the general assemblies of the city, as witnesses to communal decision making, giving a wide sense of involvement in urban affairs. The day-to-day administration of the city's hospitals was largely in the hands of men of the middling sort. The bourgeois militia was another important vehicle through which authority was disseminated downwards through the community.

Keywords:   religious wars, wealthy elite, bourgeois militia, Nantes, Urban government

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