The <i>Cahier de Doléances</i>, 1561

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:
The Cahier de Doléances, 1561

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This chapter discusses Nîmes’s cahier de doléances, written for the Pontoise session of the national Estates General of 1561. It was written by the Protestant party, which wove together religious and political grievances that made it overwhelmingly popular, and greatly aided conversion efforts. It advocated seizing some of the Catholic Church’s benefices to pay off royal debts and increase poor relief. It also espoused contractualism through provisions greatly increasing the power of the Estates General, including provisions for regular meetings. Finally, it also advocated religious reform, but while clearly Protestant, it avoided antagonizing reform-minded Catholics.

Keywords: Estates General; cahier de doléances; royal debts; poor relief; contractualism

Chapter.  10740 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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