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Seventeenth-Century French Ceramic Art

Jessie McNab, "Seventeenth-Century French Ceramic Art"
1987 | pages: 42 | ISBN: 0870994905 | PDF | 4,8 mb

The reign of Henry IV, or rather the years of his effective rule (1598 to 1610), inaugurated France's splendid century, its grand siecle. This period saw the end, at least temporarily, of fifty years of tension between Protestants and Catholics, which time and again had broken out into inconclusive civil war and which had left France exhausted, impoverished, and disrupted. The Protestant king converted to Catholicism and the Catholic party accepted the terms of the Edict of Nantes (1598). Protestants were to enjoy equality with Catholics in all civil matters and were guaranteed important religious rights while Catholicism remained the established religion of the state. Henry was committed to these terms, and he had many Protestants in his administration, including Sully, the powerful minister of finance. The king's aims were to secure justice for all and to restore his country's prosperity. He was an avid builder, and in the tradition of his predecessors, the Valois, he also patronized the arts. His example was followed by his son Louis XIII, by his grandson Louis XIV, and by the regencies that governed France during the minorities of these two monarchs.

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