La Rochelle (1568–1603): no­tions of privacy defined in the control of individuals’ religious conviction

Notions of privacy in a key Reformed enclave and port city. Foci: La Rochelle as strategic coastal town and commercial centre; the shaping of Reformed confessional and civil identity in opposition to central government and state-sanctioned Catholicism; tensions between local civil and religious au­thori­ties regarding moral disciplining; links between individuals and communities, described in no­tarial records, presidial court registers and diaries of pastors and elders.

Research on privacy will add decisive new insights to research into, e.g., La Ro­chelle’s political-confessional identity, see, e.g.,

  • Mißfelder, J.-F. 2012. Das Andere der Monarchie. La Rochelle und die Idee der monarchie absolue in Frankreich, 1568-1630. Munich
  • Robbins, K.C. 1997. City on the Ocean Sea: La Rochelle, 1530-1650: Urban Society, Religion, and Politics on the French Atlantic Frontier. Leiden/New York