Chapter

Conclusion

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/9780199736522.003.0008
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The conclusion considers the case of Nîmes in comparative perspective. It concludes that there are a number of commonalities to the spread of the Reformation in France. It first considers the timing of the movement, and concludes that its spectacular growth beginning in the late 1550s suggests that the fiscal and economic pressure on Nîmes must have had analogous effects elsewhere. The conclusion then considers the spatial distribution of Protestantism, and concludes that it was most successful (1) in towns, due to higher literacy; (2) in the Midi; (3) outside of the largest cities and administrative capitals, where the influence of royal officials was weaker; (4) in areas that were militarily defensible; and (5) in regions that were long-standing parts of the kingdom, unlike recently acquired areas like Provence or Brittany, where the crown was more careful to maintain local privilege.

Keywords: literacy; Midi; royal officials; privilege

Chapter.  7743 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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