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[A contemporary newspaper account of the signing of the "Paix de Monsieur" or "Edit de Beaulieu"]. Warhafft und kurtze Beschreibung: wie der Newgemacht Religion Fried zu Pariss angenommen, die 63. Artickel am Parlament von wort zu wort verlesen, und publiciert, Folgend von Konigklicher Mayestet, welche in irem Konigklichen Ornat und Habit, personlich gesessen, unnd sampt den furnemsten hochsten Officirs der Kron Franckreich den 14. May diss 1576. jars mit dem Eyd bestettigt worden. Inhalt der 63. Artickel ist in jungst gedruckter Pacification zu ersehen
S.l. [Nuremberg]: s.n. [Nikolas Knorr], 1576. IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. Small 4to. 4 ff. (including final blank), blindstamp of now-defunct Theological Institute of Connecticut. Recent sympathetic quarter calf over sprinkled boards, red morocco lettering piece A contemporary German "newspaper" account of the Peace of Monsieur, being a Treaty of 63 Articles and concessions to the Huguenots, signed in Paris, with descriptions of ceremony and circumstance in which the Edict was delivered publically, including the regalia and robes of Henri III. Of this text no copy is listed in CCFr. "The proclamation of peace was made on the 14th day of May, 1576, the King proceeding in state to notify the same to the assembled chambers. The concessions made to the Huguenots, and the vast sums of money distributed, so incensed the public, that in the capital, and in many of the principal towns, the heralds were received with hissing and throwing of stones. The people of Paris, moreover, refused to permit bonfires to be lighted; and smashed the windows of any who, in obedience to the royal order, attempted an illumination. The placards announcing the peace, and the copies of the treaty signed at Beaulieu and posted in the public squares, were torn to shreds. When the King quitted the Chambers he desired to proceed to the celebration of a Te Deum in Notre Dame ; but the exasperation of the Parisians caused the ceremony to be deferred to the following day. This being accordingly done, not one individual of the chapter of Notre Dame was then to be prevailed upon to officiate at the thanksgiving canons, chaplains, and choristers, one and all, refused to sing a Te Deum for the dishonor done, as they averred, to the holy Roman faith. The clergy and choir of the royal chapel in the Louvre, therefore, were directed to intone the Te Deum, at which no personages of note assisted, excepting the public bodies present by mandate or state-precedent, and the nobles and ladies in the suite of the king and queen" (SOURCE: Martha W. Freer, Henry III, King of France and Poland: His Court and Times. From numerous unpublished sources, including ms. documents in the Bibliotheque Imperiale, and the archives of France and Italy, etc., 1888, vol. 3, pp. 105-106). Over a year after his coronation, Henri III found himself unable to cope with the intensity of the hostility between the Catholics and Protestants. He had been besieged in Paris by Protestant army, supported by his brother, Alencon. The royal army was quite unable to defend the capital and even less capable of fighting a battle, and the king was forced to sign peace terms on May 2, 1576, published as the Peace of Beaulieu on May 14, 1576. At this time Henri held a "lit de justice" in Paris to confirm the treaty establishing the "Peace of Monsieur." "The so-called Peace of Monsieur included the most liberal terms the Protestants were ever to receive during the civil wars. They were granted a large degree of religious freedom, given 'chambres mi-partis,' or tribunals with equal numbers of Catholics and Protestants, in all the 'parlements,' decreet full pardon and rehabilitation for all past transgressions and rebellious acts, and granted eight 'places de surete'" (SOURCE: James B. Wood, The King's Army: Warfare, Soldier's and Society during the Wars of Religion" p. 36). The edict gave Huguenots permission to worship and even to build churches, except in Paris and immediate surroundings. The king also submitted to Huguenot demands in publicly expressing his "very great regret and displeasure" over the events of the Saint Bartholomew's Day and reversing legal judgments against Admiral Coligny and others. See also N.M. Sutherland, The Huguenot Struggle for Recognition, 1980, pp. 228-231. VD16 W-329 is a variant of the present edition ("Warhaffte Kurtze Beschreibung" (printed at Nurnberg by Nikolaus Knorr, 1576). This edition NOT IN VD16, KVK or OCLC.
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