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The Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre Up Close

Hamilton, Tom

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This review article discusses how Jérémie Foa’s prize-winning book Tous ceux qui tombent: visages de la Saint-Barthélemy (2021) gives a history of the Saint Bartholomew’s Day massacre up close. It examines how Foa takes a fresh approach to the Massacre, one that ‘turns its back on the Louvre, sets aside the monarch as well as the Guise and their intrigues, and ignores Coligny and the Queen Mother’. Instead, it evaluates Foa’s powerful interpretation of Saint Bartholomew’s Day as a neighbourhood massacre (‘massacre de proximité’), an act of extreme violence committed by killers who often lived on the same road as their victims.


Hamilton, T. (2022). The Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre Up Close. French History, 36(4), 467-470.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 4, 2022
Online Publication Date Nov 15, 2022
Publication Date 2022-12
Deposit Date Oct 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 30, 2023
Journal French History
Print ISSN 0269-1191
Electronic ISSN 1477-4542
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 4
Pages 467-470


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