Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Prompt # 4
The main reason France was able to recover from the religous wars of the 16th century. Being that, France wasn't hit as hard by the peasant revolts as Germany was. In the Concordat of Bologna (1516) between Francis I of france and Pope Leo X, the leader of france was allowed to run the Gallican Church as he saw fit. The citizens of France didn't feel oppressed by the Gallican church and saw little need to reform it. Francis I, was also happy with the power he held over the french church, he had all the power he wanted and wasn't about to loose it, so he insured the protestant reformation stayed outside of his kingdom. As a result Protestantism and the Refrmation never gained much ground in France.