Catherine de Medici Debate

Catherine's ignorance of theological issues

Many historians, for example L.Freida, feel that one of Catherine’s downfalls was that she always responded to situations practically and logically during the French wars of religion. She took a pragmatic approach, which meant she lacked imagination in trying to deal with the situation effectively. She failed to understand the powerful hold religion had over people and had much it meant to them. She could not understand how people could go to war over their religion and this failure to see how the Huguenots felt may have caused the negotiations to fail. She thought that by trying to find a practical political solution things would be solved; she failed to realise what lengths the Huguenots would go to get freedom of religion, she had a large ignorance of the theological issues at stake.

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