Nantes and the Catholic League rebellion, 1589–98

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:
Nantes and the Catholic League rebellion, 1589–98

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This chapter explores the aims of the Nantais in their rebellion, and the relationship between the city and Mercoeur, also revealing the reason it took so long for Nantes to submit to Henry IV. Nantes played a central role in the Bretons' rebellion against the crown. In Charles Laronze's view, the League was above all else an urban movement, where the Breton towns fought in defence of their commercial interests, political privileges and religious beliefs. From 1589 onwards, Nantes became Mercoeur's ‘capital’, the site of the League's provincial administration, with a parlement and Chambre des Comptes. The city wanted to become the capital of Brittany, to regain the parlement lost to Rennes in 1560, and to dominate provincial administration and politics.

Keywords: Nantes; Brittany; Charles Laronze; Bretons' rebellion; Catholic League rebellion; Mercoeur

Chapter.  14816 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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