Taxation, war and rebellion: Nantes and Henry III, 1574–89

Elizabeth C. Tingle

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

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780719067266
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700860 | DOI:
Taxation, war and rebellion: Nantes and Henry III, 1574–89

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Religious policy, taxation and war created tensions within this polity, but the new town council was determinedly loyal to the king. But these ultimately failed because the king was unable to impose either a religious settlement or peace on the kingdom, or to find sufficient revenue to allow for taxation reform. There were serious disputes between the king and the city in that decade over taxation and the creation of royal offices, but crown authority and its power to act were not challenged. The war that broke out on the southern marches of Brittany in the mid-1580s caused the king's authority to be eroded in the province. Governors took over royal fiscal and administrative authority, while Nantes' municipality was forced, through military and economic emergency, to govern on its own, with less resort to the crown for advice.

Keywords: taxation; war and rebellion; Nantes' municipality; taxation reform; economic emergency

Chapter.  16779 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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