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Past trust: Surviving the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes offers a demographic research of the behaviors of Protestants and Catholics in a city in southeastern France among 1650 and 1715. The Protestants in Loriol didn't undergo the complete array of horrors skilled via such a lot of French Protestants and survived strain to transform until eventually the Revocation itself. the total group controlled to reduce the interference of the crown and the Catholic Church of their affairs in the course of the finish of Louis XIV's reign. Their tale speaks of compromises by means of participants and teams of either confessions that buffered the neighborhood from royal strength. It sheds gentle at the layers of cooperation via elites and people of extra humble backgrounds, upon which the govt of Louis XIV relied to accomplish the outward visual appeal of conformity.Beyond trust addresses present and carrying on with debates into the character of confessionalization and the character of royal authority less than Louis XIV. exam of the behaviors of Catholics and Protestants and research of the measure to which their behaviors corresponded with the lessons in their respective church exhibit that the folk of Loriol, relatively Protestants, understood the expectancies in their faith and behaved for this reason sooner than the Revocation. within the aftermath of the Revocation, former individuals of the Protestant congregation conformed their habit to the necessities of the Catholic Church and the crown with no totally compromising their Protestant ideals. past trust exhibits that the extension of country energy, and its barriers, resulted from the cooperation of a vast diversity of individuals, instead of concentrating on elites. The event of Loriol exhibits that a huge component to the neighborhood was once thinking about the tacit reputation of Protestants, a place that served these of either confessions through minimizing the interference of outdoor civil and spiritual specialists.

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They do not provide insight into how members of each confession saw themselves in relation to those of the other confession or the degree to which they understood the teachings and expectations of their own church. Members of each confession made life decisions that distinguished themselves from one another. These decisions were not recorded in the tax rolls or government edicts. They were recorded in the registers of the temple and the church at the most important passages in life: when people were born, when they married, and when they died.

In 1659 Loriol lodged approximately thirty cavalliers from the Italian Regiment. The council, with a small majority of Protestants, assigned soldiers to people’s homes and determined the levies to help pay for their upkeep. They assigned most of the soldiers to Protestant homes, and a majority of those required to pay for their support was Protestant, including five Protestant council members. 30 Given the number and economic strength of the Protestants in Loriol, this distribution of the responsibility for and burden of these troops was equitable.

Indb 22 7/25/11 10:59 AM Seeking to Live “Without a Note of Infamy” 23 Institutions of Power: Secular and Sacred Efforts of the royal government to reduce the power of Protestants and eliminate the state within the state throughout the reign of Louis XIII served to eliminate major elements of Protestant strength and protection. 52 The demographic and economic strengths of the Protestant population were targeted in the 1630s, with enduring consequences. The methods employed to reduce remaining Protestant strength were a combination of pressure and incentives to convert.

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