Catherine de Medici Debate

Catherine's policy of peace

Catherine worked hard before the French wars of religion and during the first three to implement peace with a number of edicts, for example the peace edict of Amboise in 1563, which offered freedom of conscience a huge step. However it was very hard to implement peace in such a large country (France) especially in a time where communication was extremely limited and travelling took a large amount of time. It is very hard to watch and control every city and town and most carried on with their own policy ignoring the governments it took 1 year to bring Lyon in line for example.

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This is very true France’s provinces and towns were all very different at this time – policy differed largely. Also some towns were mainly protestant or Calvinist and others strongly Catholic – this disparity made moderation and the middle ground very hard to implement.

Ewen - Leicester

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