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The revocation of the Edict of Nantes and the role of the Intendants in the Dragonnades


Gratton, J, The revocation of the Edict of Nantes and the role of the Intendants in the Dragonnades, French History, 25, (2) pp. 164-187. ISSN 0269-1191 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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The notorious dragonnades that brought about conversion of the Huguenots before the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes are widely considered to have been an instrument of repression whose use was instigated by central government. This article argues, conversely, that the dragonnades were probably not a deliberate, centrally driven strategy to reduce the number of practising Huguenots but, rather, the outcome of attempts by agents at the periphery to enhance or protect their careers. The evidence suggests that it was the intendants, acting in defiance of instructions from the centre, who were responsible for the dragonnades that facilitated the Revocation. An examination of intendants’ actions, in the context of the circumstances which governed their lives, shows how the principal actors made independent and opportunistic use of their powers to billet troops. Three factors—dynasticism, patronage and place—appear to have exerted a major influence on events.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Gratton, J (Dr Jacqueline Gratton)
ID Code:70184
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2011-06-07
Last Modified:2014-12-12

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