Bereiter Presentation on Clerical Combatants
Cluster for the Study of Religious Violence
Greg Bereiter, “Clerical Combatants: Clergy and Armed Conflict During the French Wars of Religion”
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Towner Fellows’ Lounge, Newberry Library
Greg Bereiter (Ph.D. candidate in History at Northern Illinois University) is presenting at the Newberry Library Colloquium.
Despite traditional taboos on clerical involvement in armed conflict and arms-bearing in general, Catholic clergy became key military and political actors at the height of the French Wars of Religion. This presentation will examine some of the unexpected ways in which Catholic clergy participated directly in religious violence and civil conflict during a period of severe sectarian antagonism between Calvinists, moderate or politique Catholics, and extremist Catholic Leaguers throughout the most intense phase of the long Wars of Religion, which devastated the kingdom of France between 1562 and 1629.
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