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

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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social and religious conflicts were articulated with reference to a wide range of primary sources, many of which are unpublished.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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The Peace of Cavour in the European Context

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There is a long tradition of remembering the Peace of Cavour (1561) as a central 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 diffused 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 settlements of religious conflicts – whether effected through edicts or bilateral peace treaties – become points of reference for similar later conflicts in neighbouring countries, in our case between Germany, Savoy and France in the period between 1548 and 1555 and 1562? By analysing the relationships 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 historiographical views tend to suggest)?

To answer these questions, the 1550s and the 1560s merit our attention as they are key years: it was then that in Europe patterns for solutions to similar politico-religious conflicts 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 conflicts ← 125 | 126 → and often – as...

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