Preaching a Dual Identity

Huguenot Sermons and the Shaping of Confessional Identity, 1629-1685

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In Preaching a Dual Identity, Nicholas Must examines seventeenth-century Huguenot sermons to study the development of French Reformed confessional identity under the Edict of Nantes. Of key concern is how a Huguenot hybrid identity was formulated by balancing a strong sense of religious particularism with an enthusiastic political loyalism. Must argues that sermons were an integral part of asserting this unique confessional position in both their preached and printed forms. To demonstrate this, Must explores a variety of sermon themes to access the range of images and arguments that preachers employed to articulate a particular vision of their community as a religious minority in France.
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Biographical Note

Nicholas Must, Ph.D., McMaster University, currently teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University in History and Medieval Studies. His research is focused on early modern Huguenot history.

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION
Historical Context
Huguenot Historiography
Sermon Literature
Sermons as Text and Event
The Rise and Fall in Rates of Printing
Division of the Text

CHAPTER ONE – THE MEDIUM AND THE MESSENGERS
Basic Structures of the Huguenot Sermon
Preparation and Administration
Practical Aids and Reflexive Sermons: Preaching about Pastors
Dignity and Duty as Sermon Themes
Conclusion

CHAPTER TWO – AN EXCLUSIVE COMMUNITY: DEFINING THE HUGUENOT PETIT TROUPEAU
Theology, Controversy, and the Catholic Church: Ceci est mon corps
A Voluntary Minority: Là où il y a deux ou trois
Defining Identity Through Psalms...
...And Defining Identity Through Prophets
Conclusion

CHAPTER THREE – CIVICS AND RELIGION, OR WHY HUGUENOTS MAKE THE BEST SUBJECTS
The Evolving Political Situation of Huguenots
The Politics of Publishing
Craignez Dieu, Honorez le Roy: Biblical Imperatives and the Divine Order
Civics and Huguenot Political History
Uniquely Huguenot Approaches to Being a French Subject
Conclusion

CHAPTER FOUR – MARRIAGE AND CONFESSIONALIZATION, PART 1: SHAPING HUGUENOT IDENTITY THROUGH SERMONS ON THE
CONJUGAL UNIT
Influences on Huguenot Marriage
The Purpose and Utility of Marriage
Gender and the Ordering of Marriage
Clerical Marriage, Sacramental Status, and Other Differences
The Danger of Mixed Marriages
Conclusion

CHAPTER FIVE – MARRIAGE AND CONFESSIONALIZATION, PART 2: SHAPING HUGUENOT IDENTITY BEYOND THE COUPLE
Husbands, Love Your Wives, Just as Christ Loved the Church
Le Petit Troupeau vs La Grande Paillarde
Obeying Husbands and Kings
Conclusion

CHAPTER SIX – AN EPILOGUE, or: HUGUENOT IDENTITY BEYOND THE REVOCATION, FAMILIAR IMAGERY AND HUGUENOT HISTORY IN
REFUGEE SERMONS
Towards the Revocation and Beyond
The Netherlands
Brandenburg and Britain
Conclusion

CONCLUSION

APPENDIX: BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION FOR PASTORS CITED

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Readership

Those interested in Huguenot history and early modern France, as well as those interested in Reformation history or in the history of sermons.

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