Politics & Religion in Seventeenth-Century France: A Study of Political Ideas from the Monarchomachs to Bayle, as Reflected in the Toleration Controversy

Politics & Religion in Seventeenth-Century France: A Study of Political Ideas from the Monarchomachs to Bayle, as Reflected in the Toleration Controversy

Politics & Religion in Seventeenth-Century France: A Study of Political Ideas from the Monarchomachs to Bayle, as Reflected in the Toleration Controversy

Politics & Religion in Seventeenth-Century France: A Study of Political Ideas from the Monarchomachs to Bayle, as Reflected in the Toleration Controversy

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The work on this book--which was originally submitted as a Ph.D. thesis at the University of London--began at the instigation of the late Professor Harold Laski, who at one time intended to write a study covering similar grounds. His profound knowledge of the period and his inimitable gift of imparting enthusiasm for scholarly pursuits are very well known to those whom he had helped to discover obscure texts and clarify their own ideas. The research continued under Mr. William Pickles, of the London School of Economics and Political Science, who gave much of his time, providing invaluable criticism and direction in the crucial period during which the essay was being molded.

I am grateful to my friends Professor Peter Brock, of the University of Alberta; Mrs. Carol Maclure, of London; Dr. Marketa C. Goetz, of the University of British Columbia; Mme Jacqueline Lecocq-Leiner, of Paris; Mr. Ronald C. Cooke, of Toronto, Ontario; and Mr. Ian Peyman of Vancouver, B.C., for their kind help extended to me at various stages of the preparation of this manuscript.

I am also greatly indebted to the Canada Council, whose generous grant has effectively assisted me in the publication of this study, and to Dean V. W. Bladen and the Social Science Research Council of Canada for their encouragement.

Parts of this book appeared in the Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of London (Vol. XIX, No. 1, 1953; No. 3, 1955), Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society (Vol. XCIX, No. 3, 1955), and in Der Deutsche Hugenott (Vol. XXI, No. 2, 1957; Vol. XXII, No. 2, 1958; Vol. XXIII, No. 1, 1959), and are published here by the kind permission of the editors.

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