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  • Foreword / Natalie Zemon Davis v

    Introduction: Becoming French in Early Modern Europe / Michael Wolfe 1

    I. Ideologies and Institutions 23

    The French Romantics and the Renaissance / J. H. M. Salmon 25

    Making History: Ceremonial Texts, Royal Space, and Political Theory in the Sixteenth Century / Lawrence M. Bryant 46

    Identity Politics and Rulership in France: Female Political Place and the Fraudulent Salic Law in Christine de Pizan and Jean de Montreuil / Sarah Hanley 78

    The Birth of the Nobility of the Robe: Dignity versus Privilege in the Parlement of Paris, 1500–1700 / Robert Descimon 95

    Noblewomen and War in Sixteenth-Century France / Kristen B. Neuschel 124

    II. Dissent and Deviance 145

    Religion, Gender, and Class: Nuns and Authority in Early Modern France / Charmaine Blaisdell 147

    An Age of Gold? Parisian Women, the Holy League, and the Roots of Catholic Renewal / Barbara B. Diefendorf 169

    A Woman and the Devil: Possession and Exorcism in Sixteenth-Century France / Denis Crouzet 191

    Satan in Europe: The Geography of Witch Hunts / Richard M. Golden 216

    Anatomy of an Infanticide Trial: The Case of Marie-Jeanne Bartonnet (1742) / Alfred Soman 248

    III. Identities in Flux 273

    New World, Old Historiography / Donald R. Kelley 275

    Montaigne and the Discovery of the Ordinary / William Bouwsma 294

    An Intellectual in Politics: Montaigne as Mayor of Bordeaux / Zachary Sayre Schiffman 307

    Villegagnon, Polyphemus, and Cain of America: Religion and Polemics in the French New World / Silvia Shannon 325

    Burgundians into Frenchmen: Catholic Identity in Sixteenth-Century Burgundy / Mack P. Holt 345

    Protestant Reactions to the Conversion of Henry IV / Michael Wolfe 371

    Index 391

    Contributors 409
  • Natalie Zemon Davis

    Michael Wolfe

    J. H. M. Salmon

    Lawrence M. Bryant

    Sarah Hanley

    Robert Descimon

    Kristen B. Neuschel

    Charmarie Blaisdell

    Barbara B. Diefendorf

    Denis Crouzet

    Richard M. Golden

    Alfred Soman

    Donald R. Kelley

    William Bouwsma

    Zachary Sayre Schiffman

    Silvia Shannon

    Mack P. Holt

  • Changing Identities in Early Modern France is an outstanding volume. Michael Wolfe has done a superb job.”—Carolyn Chappell Lougee, Stanford University — N/A

    “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 — N/A

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    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

    About The Author(s)

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

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