Edited By Sarah Alyn Stacey
Cornel Zwierlein The Peace of Cavour in the European Context
There is a long tradition of remembering the Peace of Cavour (1561) as a cen- tral even founding document and moment in the history of the Piedmont Waldensians. But how should this peace agreement of 1561 be understood in the European context of the various religious peace treatises of the sixteenth century? What was the significance of these religious peace settlements? By what kind of media were they communicated and dif fused in Europe? In what contexts were the texts of the religious peaces, edicts and agreements perceived and discussed?1 In what way did the respective previous settle- ments of religious conf licts – whether ef fected through edicts or bilateral peace treaties – become points of reference for similar later conf licts in neighbouring countries, in our case between Germany, Savoy and France in the period between 1548 and 1555 and 1562? By analysing the relation- ships and transfers between one European situation relating to religious peace settlement and another, can we identify something approaching an inter-communicative network of European religious peaces as opposed to a series of isolated and distinct national solutions (as some older historio- graphical views tend to suggest)? To answer these questions, the 1550s and the 1560s merit our atten- tion as they are key years: it was then that in Europe patterns for solutions to similar politico-religious conf licts were being negotiated between the Holy Roman Empire, France and Savoy, without any possible recourse or reference to a long tradition of similar settlements of religious...
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