Chapter

Growth and Crisis

Allan A. Tulchin

in That Men Would Praise the Lord

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736522
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866229 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736522.003.0003
Growth and Crisis

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This chapter charts the conversion of Nîmes’s early Protestants using a variety of measures: rising heresy prosecutions; emigration to Geneva; and changing formulas in notarial acts. It also charts gathering resentment against the French crown. As rising grain prices made life difficult for Nîmes poor, its elite were forced to endure tax increases, pay forced loans, and also bribes to the crown and royal officials. By 1559, especially given Henri II’s largely unfavorable peace treaty with the Hapsburgs, there was considerable discontent with royal policies.

Keywords: heresy prosecutions; early Protestants; grain prices; forced loans; Henri II

Chapter.  8986 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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