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Past trust: Surviving the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes provides a demographic learn of the behaviors of Protestants and Catholics in a city in southeastern France among 1650 and 1715. The Protestants in Loriol didn't undergo the complete array of horrors skilled through such a lot of French Protestants and survived strain to transform till the Revocation itself. the total group controlled to reduce the interference of the crown and the Catholic Church of their affairs in the course of the finish of Louis XIV's reign. Their tale speaks of compromises by means of contributors and teams of either confessions that buffered the neighborhood from royal strength. It sheds mild at the layers of cooperation via elites and people of extra humble backgrounds, upon which the govt. of Louis XIV relied to accomplish the outward visual appeal of conformity.Beyond trust addresses present and carrying on with debates into the character of confessionalization and the character of royal authority lower than Louis XIV. exam of the behaviors of Catholics and Protestants and research of the measure to which their behaviors corresponded with the lessons in their respective church exhibit that the folk of Loriol, rather Protestants, understood the expectancies in their faith and behaved for that reason sooner than the Revocation. within the aftermath of the Revocation, former individuals of the Protestant congregation conformed their habit to the necessities of the Catholic Church and the crown with out absolutely compromising their Protestant ideals. past trust exhibits that the extension of country strength, and its barriers, resulted from the cooperation of a large diversity of individuals, instead of concentrating on elites. The adventure of Loriol exhibits that a huge component to the neighborhood was once curious about the tacit popularity of Protestants, a place that served these of either confessions via minimizing the interference of out of doors civil and non secular gurus.

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Catholics were not shut out of traditional power as there were at least two Catholic noble families. 28. Pierre Goubert, Louis XIV and Twenty Million Frenchmen, translated by Anne Carter (New York: Vintage Books, 1966), 119–124. Goubert explains that taxes doubled between the time of Richelieu and 1661, and that even the reform instituted by Colbert did not provide adequate relief for the French taxpayer. European wars continued to invade the treasury until 1679, when the coffers received some respite.

62 While the reasons for and response to unauthorized congregations were matters for debate, their existence was evident. The clergy were actively involved in this work of trying to bring about conversion through the destruction of temples. One motivation for these efforts was the widely held belief among Catholics that the main obstacle to the conversion of Protestants was that ministers, with their deceptive sermons, kept them from hearing the truth of Catholicism. 63 Some, like Bishop de Cosnac, were staunch advocates of the direct intervention of secular power to bring about the desired destruction of temples.

Their behavior surrounding baptism reveals glimpses of what the parents believed. Babies were baptized soon after birth, and the timing of the event was confessionally significant. Protestant behaviors reflect Calvinist understanding of the nature and role of sacraments, as explained in the Institutes of the Christian Religion. Calvin, like other Protestants, believed in two basic tenets upon which everything else rested. The first was that faith was based on a personal relationship between God and the individual.

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