'Homicides royaux' : the assassination of the Duc and Cardinal de Guise and the radicalization of French public opinion

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Title: 'Homicides royaux' : the assassination of the Duc and Cardinal de Guise and the radicalization of French public opinion
Authors: Wilkinson, Alexander S.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3716
Date: Jun-2004
Online since: 2012-07-19T16:32:17Z
Abstract: The propaganda campaign launched in response to the assassination of the Duc and Cardinal de Guise on the orders of Henri III in December 1588 was the largest waged in the history of sixteenth-century France. Yet, it has never been the subject of systematic investigation. This article aims to fill this historiographical lacuna by presenting a broad survey of the principal arguments and techniques employed both by the Royalists, who sought to justify the act, and the League who exploited the event to radicalise Catholic opinion against Henri III. It finds that while the king was partly unwilling and partly unable to engage in any serious attempt to influence public opinion, the League exploited the media to defend the Guises as Catholic martyrs and to discredit the king as a criminal and irreligious tyrant.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Journal: French History
Volume: 18
Issue: 2
Start page: 129
End page: 153
Copyright (published version): 2004 Oxford University Press and the Society for the Study of French History
Keywords: French historyMedia historyBibliography
Subject LCSH: Mass media and propaganda--France--History
Mass media and public opinion--France--History
Louis, Cardinal of Guise, 1556-1588--Assassination
Guise, Henri, duc de, 1550-1588--Assassination
DOI: 10.1093/fh/18.2.129
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:History Research Collection

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