World History Ch. 4 sec. 2

In 1598 henry iv issued the edict of nantes this

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In 1598, Henry IV issued the Edict of Nantes . This Edict allows Protestants to worship in areas where Protestants/Huguenots were a majority. It also granted Huguenots civil rights. The Edict of Nantes ends years of religious strife in France and allows France to rebuild itself.
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Bourbon Dynasty Henry IV was the first king of the Bourbon Dynasty , that rules France until the early 19 th century. Under the Bourbon Dynasty France was also an absolute Monarchy.
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Cardinal Richelieu Louis XIII was the son of Henry IV and becomes king in 1610. At the time he was too young to rule. At first Louis’ mother ruled as his regent, but when he became old enough, Louis gave complete control of the government to Cardinal Richelieu . Richelieu worked to build an absolute monarchy by reducing the power of both Nobles and the Huguenots. Richelieu took away the Huguenot’s right to independent fortified towns. He also ordered many nobles to take down their fortified castles.
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Thirty Years War Richelieu also worked to weaken the power of the Austrian and Spanish Hapsburg family. He involved Catholic France on the side of the Protestants in the Thirty Years War. The Thirty Years War was fought between Protestant and Catholic princes in the Holy Roman Empire . The Catholic princes supported the Holy Roman Emperor who was a Hapsburg. In the end France’s power was strengthened by the war and the Hapsburgs were weakened. In this war Richelieu did much to make France the supreme Power in Europe.
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Louis XIV Louis XIV , the most powerful of the Bourbon monarchs, becomes king in 1643, at the age of five.
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