The purpose of this article is to analyse works connected to the death of Charles IX Valois. In particular, we will focus on the image of the blood of the dead king. Analysis of Charles' autopsy, as well as the account of the court intrigue characterizing the last months of his life, provides the context in which this flow of propaganda took place. Catholic sources, especially funeral sermons by court preacher Arnaud Sorbin, cast light on the image of the blood of Charles IX as the blood of a 'saint' and a 'martyr' king. We will also show how Sorbin's sermons related to Henri III's succession to the throne given the tense situation at court. Finally, analysis of Reformed sources, both contemporary to Charles' death and later, outline how Calvinists tried to dishonour the 'tyrant' through references to his blood and by characterizing his death as divine justice. © The Author 2014.
|Numero di pagine||19|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2014|
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