King henry iii of france has not suffered well at the hands of posterity generally depicted as at best a self indulgent ineffectual ruler and at worst a debauched tyrant responsible for a series of catastrophic political blunders his reputation has long been a poor one. Hero or tyrant henry iii king of france 1574 89 by robert j knecht review graham tulloch parergon volume 32 number 2 2015 pp 386 387 review published by australian and new zealand association of medieval and early modern studies inc doi for additional information about this article. Get this from a library hero or tyrant henry iii king of france 1574 89 r j knecht based upon a rich and diverse range of primary sources including recently discovered correspondence in the gonzaga archives in mantua this book traces henrys life from his birth in 1551 providing . Few monarchs have received as much bad press over the centuries as henry iii of france his popular image was largely shaped by the pamphlet wars that raged during the french wars of religion as well as by historians writing in highly confessionalized historiographical contexts. The edition of the kings substantial correspondence collected and transcribed over half a century ago by pierre champion is nearing completion and a clutch of magisterial studies over the past decade have illuminated the kings administration court and entourage
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