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Political, Religious and Social Conflict in the States of Savoy, 1400–1700


Edited By Sarah Alyn Stacey

Taking conflict as its collective theme, this book brings together the work of early modern specialists to offer a range of insights into the political, social and religious climate in Savoy between 1400 and 1700. The contributors focus on the broader context of early modern European history, making clear the sometimes overlooked political and historical significance of Savoy. The volume explores the diverse mechanisms whereby political, social and religious conflicts were articulated with reference to a wide range of primary sources, many of which are unpublished. The chapters offer important perspectives on subjects such as: the diplomatic relations between the court of Savoy and certain foreign powers during a time of European unrest; the role of propaganda; the construction of national and religious identities; and persecution and resistance, notably in relation to the Reformation and the Waldensians. The conclusions that are established advance a better understanding of the history of Savoy and of the broader conflicts shaping Europe in the early modern period.


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Blythe Alice Raviola Sabaudian Propaganda and the Wars of Succession of Mantua and Monferrato


(1613–1631)1 Although general studies of early modern history might frequently con- tain a page or two about the second War of Succession of Mantua and Monferrato (1627–1631), it is certainly not common to find a reference to the first war (1613–1617), and quite unusual to read about the two conf licts in relation to the Thirty Years war and the broader European political context. If these wars are not, then, entirely forgotten, their international significance and impact is frequently misunderstood.2 A traditional and widespread interpretation, for example, is that the two wars signalled an end to Spanish supremacy in Italy and helped France increase its power in 1 I would like to dedicate this chapter to my dear friend Robert Oresko (1946–2010) with whom I discussed so frequently these Sabaudian matters. His brilliant observa- tions on this contribution would have been much appreciated. 2 On these wars, see notably the following: J.H. Elliott, Richelieu and Olivares (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984); L. Bély, Les Relations internation- ales en Europe, XVIIème–XVIIIème siècles (3rd edn, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2001), 28, 31; D. Parrott, ‘The Mantuan Succession, 1627–1631: A Sovereignty Dispute in Early Modern Europe’, The English Historical Review, 112/445 (1997), 20–65; R. Oresko and D. Parrott, ‘The Sovereignty of Monferrato and the Citadel of Casale as European Problems in the Early Modern Period’, in D. Ferrari, ed., Stefano Guazzo e Casale fra Cinque e Seicento (Rome: Bulzoni, 1997)...

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