Martyrs and Murderers: The Guise Family and the Making of Europe

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OUP Oxford, Apr 28, 2011 - History - 368 pages
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The House of Guise was one of the greatest princely families of the sixteenth century, or indeed of any age. Today they are best remembered through the tragic life of one family member, Mary Queen of Scots. But the story of her Guise uncles, aunts and cousins is if anything more gripping - and certainly of greater significance in the history of Europe. The Guise family rose to prominence as the greatest enemy of the House of Habsburg and had dreams of a great dynastic empire that included the British Isles and southern Italy. They were among the staunchest opponents of the Reformation, played a major role in re-fashioning Catholicism at the Council of Trent before plunging France into a bloody civil war that culminated in the infamous St Bartholomew's Day Massacre. They protected English Catholic refugees, plotted to invade England and overthrow Elizabeth I, and ended the century by unleashing Europe's first religious revolution, before succumbing in a counter-revolution that made them martyrs for the Catholic cause. Martyrs and Murderers is the first comprehensive modern biography of the Guise family in any language. In it Stuart Carroll unravels the legends which cast them either as heroes or as villains of the Reformation, weaving a remarkable story that challenges traditional assumptions about one of Europe's most turbulent and formative eras.
 

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Historian Carroll's measured account of the Guise family in Reformation France offers a nuanced view of a dynasty legendary for its bloody and treacherous defense of Catholicism. Unusually unified for ... Read full review

Contents

List of Maps Plates and Genealogical Tables
ONE FORALL 3 DREAMS OF EMPIRE
THE CARDINALS COMPROMISE
BLOODFEUD
PRINCESS MARGOT AND THE NEGRESS
A WEDDING AND FOUR THOUSAND FUNERALS
THE INVASIONOFENGLAND 11 REVOLUTION
EPILOGUE
Maps
Photographic Acknowledgements
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Stuart Carroll has taught at the Universities of London and York, where he is currently Professor of History. He is twice-winner of the Nancy Roelker prize for the best essay written on early modern French History and is the author of Blood and Violence in Early Modern France, also published by Oxford University Press.

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