'Revisiting Geneva: Robert Kingdon and the Coming of the French Wars of Religion', edited by S.K. Barker (free book)

The Centre for French History and Culture of the University of St Andrews, together with the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution at Florida State University and the Fondation Napoléon in Paris, is pleased to announce the publication of the fourth volume in its series: 'St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture'.
The fourth title, now available, is:
Revisiting Geneva: Robert Kingdon and the Coming of the French Wars of Religion
edited by S.K. Barker
(St Andrews, 2012: ISBN 978-1-907548-06-2 [paperback], ISBN 978-1-907548-07-9 [e-book])
The late Robert Kingdon’s Geneva and the Coming of the Wars of Religion in France, 1555-1563 (1956) was not merely an engaging and challenging piece of scholarship, it came to dominate the study of Genevan Protestantism and the city’s relationship with other Reformed communities, particularly those in France. Based on the rich archival records in Geneva, Kingdon’s work would inspire many subsequent scholars to investigate the questions he first raised in the 1950s. This volume is testament to the breadth of material he first covered, and demonstrates the variety of fields in which he came to have influence, including printing history, the role of the nobility in the Reformation, the functioning of the Consistory and the lives of pastors. Born out of a conference celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of his original book, this volume now stands as a memorial to a life of exemplary scholarship.
Table of contents:

  • S.K. Barker, "Foreword"
  • Andrew Pettegree, "Robert M. Kingdon (1927-2010): a scholarly life well lived"
  • Karin Maag, "Recruiting and training pastors: the Genevan model and alternative approaches"
  • Philip Conner, "Geneva in the centre? The challenge of local church orders"
  • Hugues Daussy, "The elites and the politicisation of the French Reformation: the work of Robert M. Kingdon and the origins of the Huguenot party"
  • Andrew Pettegree, "Genevan print and the coming of the Wars of Religion"
  • Jeffrey R. Watt, "Settling quarrels and nurturing repentance: the Consistory in Calvin's Geneva"
  • William G. Naphy, "Developments in the history of Geneva since the 1960s"

Published paperback copies will shortly be available in leading world libraries, and may be obtained through on-demand print from the Centre.
E-book files may be consulted and downloaded through the webpage of the Centre for French History and Culture and through the Digital Research Repository of the University of St Andrews.
The titles in this series are FREE, and libraries are warmly invited to establish an e-book link in their catalogue systems to this series.


Future publications for 2012-13 will include:
“For the Salvation of my Soul”: Women and Wills in Medieval and Early Modern France, edited by Joëlle Rollo-Koster and Kathryn Reyerson
The War at Home: Images of French Civilians on the Western Front, 1914-1918 by Nicole Hudgins
The Legacy of Iconoclasm: Religious War and its Aftermath in the Central Loire Valley, 1550-1750, by Eric Nelson
For further details on this series, and on how to publish in it, please contact the editor-in-chief, Dr Guy Rowlands, at the University of St Andrews:
Guy Rowlands, M.A. (Oxon.), D.Phil. (Oxon.), F.R.Hist.S.,
Director, Centre for French History and Culture

Published on: 
6 Feb 2012