Edict of Amboise
Edict of Amboise also known as the Edict of Pacification, was
signed at the
Château of Amboise
Château of Amboise on 19 March 1563 by Catherine de'
Medici, acting as regent for her son Charles IX of France. The treaty
officially ended the first phase of the French Wars of Religion.
Moreover, the treaty restored peace to
France by guaranteeing the
Huguenots religious privileges and freedoms.
Though the Edict was not as generous as the Edict of Saint-Germain
(January 1562), it still allowed open and unregulated Protestant
services in the private households of nobles and in one suburb of a
pre-determined town in each baillage or sénéchaussée.
Parlement of Paris, which had expelled its Huguenot members,
resisted registering the Edict—as did the provincial parlements—
but capitulated after remonstrances, adding the proviso that the Edict
was to have limited application until the King should achieve his
majority, when a national council would decide the religious question.
When the King announced his majority (17 August 1563, shortly after
his thirteenth birthday), he chose the provincial
Parlement of Rouen
as the unprecedented site of his lit de justice and published at the
same time a more comprehensive version of the Edict.
List of treaties
French Wars of Religion
^ Part of the Catholic establishment's fear of
Calvinism was as an
agent of radical grass-roots reforms (see Jonathan Powis, "Order,
religion, and the magistrates of a provincial parlement in
sixteenth-century France", Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 81
[1980:180-96]). A noble household could be assumed to have a
^ Terms of the
Edict of Amboise
Edict of Amboise are discussed in N.M. Sutherland, The
Huguenot Struggle for Recognition (New Haven: Yale University Press)
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