Theodore Beza and the Quest for Peace in France, 1572-1598


This volume examines the changing religious attitudes, political strategies, and resistance activities of Theodore of Beza and other French Protestant leaders between the Saint Bartholomew's Day massacres (1572) and the Edict of Nantes (1598). Drawing on the reformer's published and unpublished letters, city archival materials in Geneva, and rare Huguenot books and pamphlets, this study documents how Beza and his Reformed colleagues attempted to ensure the survival of the Protestant churches in France in the face of protracted civil war and repeated political and religious setbacks.
More than a biography of Beza, this book will be of interest to scholars of early modern Europe who wish to understand the political struggles and internal tensions of the Huguenot movement during this crucial period.

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Scott M. Manetsch, Ph.D. (1997) in Early Modern European History, University of Arizona, is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Northwestern College (Iowa). He reviews volumes of Theodore Beza's Correspondance for the journal Zwingliana.
'...angenehm lesbare und vorbildlich aufgebaute Buch…'
Cornel A. Zwierlein, Perform, 2000.
'...a major contribution to both the political and the religious history of later sixteenth-century France.'
Benedict, Archiv für Reformations Geschichte.


1. Theodore Beza’s French Connection, 1519–72
2. The Huguenot Diaspora, 1572–74
3. The Politics of Resistance, 1573–75
4. The Trumpeter of War, 1573–75
5. The Search for Security, 1576–84
6. The End of the Golden Age, 1576–84
7. The Catholic League, 1584–88
8. The Return of Navarre, 1585–89
9. Counsel for a King, 1589–93
10. No Middle Ground, 1589–93
11. Saint Denis and its Aftermath, 1593–95
12. Years of Struggle, 1594–97
13. The Path to Nantes, 1595–98


Appendix I. Theodore Beza: A Chronology of his Life and Works
Appendix II. A Brief Chronology of France, 1559–98

Select Bibliography
Index of Persons and Places
Index of Subjects
All those interested in the history of early modern France, the Protestant and Catholic reformations, the history of Geneva, as well as theologians and political scientists.
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