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Changing Identities in Early Modern France by Michael Wolfe

Changing Identities in Early Modern France


Changing Identities in Early Modern France by Michael Wolfe

Changing Identities in Early Modern France offers new interpretations of what it meant to be French during a period of profound transition, from the outbreak of the Hundred Years War to the consolidation of the Bourbon monarchy in the seventeenth century. As medieval notions were gradually replaced by new definitions of the state, society, and family, dynastic struggles and religious wars raised questions about loyalty and identity and destabilized the meaning of Frenchness. After examining the interplay between competing ideologies and public institutions, from the monarchy to the Parlement of Paris to the aristocratic household, the volume explores the dynamics of deviance and dissent, particularly in regard to women's roles in religious reform movements and such sensationalized phenomena as the witch hunts and infanticide trials. Concluding essays examine how regional and confessional identities reshaped French identity in response to the discovery of the New World and the spectacular spread of Calvinism. Contributors. Charmarie Blaisdell, William Bouwsma, Lawrence M. Bryant, Denis Crouzet, Robert Descimon, Barbara B. Diefendorf, Richard M. Golden, Sarah Hanley, Mack P. Holt, Donald R. Kelley, Kristen B. Neuschel, J. H. M. Salmon, Zachary Sayre Schiffman, Silvia Shannon, Alfred Soman, Michael Wolfe


This volume presents both new material and new interpretation. The scholarship is superior. Historians will welcome its publication. -Jonathan Dewald, State University of New York at Buffalo Changing Identities in Early Modern France is an outstanding volume. Michael Wolfe has done a superb job. -Carolyn Chappell Lougee, Stanford University

About the Author

Michael Wolfe is Associate Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona.

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Publication date

16th April 1997


Michael Wolfe

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Duke University Press


424 pages


European history
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Cultural studies



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