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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social and religious conflicts were articulated with reference to a wide range of primary sources, many of which are unpublished.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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I would like to express my thanks to the Long Room Hub of Trinity College Dublin for sponsoring the conference ‘Les Conflits en Savoie 1400–1700/Conflict and Society in Savoy 1400–1700’, held in Trinity on 26–28 May 2010. That conference brought together an international range of eminent scholars whose erudition and expertise laid the foundation for this volume. I am indebted to them for their precious contributions. I would especially acknowledge here the contribution of Federico Bo whose sudden and unexpected death in the spring of 2013 is a great loss to the scholarly community. In the course of the conference which gave rise to this volume of essays, he gave an exceptionally lucid and scholarly presentation of the unique Waldensian holdings conserved in the Old Library of Trinity College. He was preparing his doctorate under the supervision of Luciana Borghi Cedrini at the University of Turin. This volume of essays is dedicated to him.

My thanks must also be expressed to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin, for providing generous financial assistance towards the publishing costs of the book and for providing me with a twelve-week sabbatical which permitted, to some degree, its completion. I must also acknowledge the invaluable support and advice of Professor Noel Peacock, the series editor, and Christabel Scaife and Hannah Godfrey of Peter Lang. I am particularly grateful to them for recognizing the scholarly significance of the volume when the project was still at an...

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