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Edict of Nantes
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1. Legal basis

The Edict of Nantes was issued in April 1598 by King Henri IV of France. It was the last in a series of pacification edicts from the time of the French Wars of Religion (1562-1598;  Religion, wars of), intended to bring about peaceful coexistence among the religious parties. Particularly noteworthy among these legal texts were [3]: the Edict of Saint-Germain, also called the Edict of January or the Edict of Toleration (Regent Catherine de Medici in the nam…

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Birnstiel, Eckhart, “Edict of Nantes”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018519>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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