Rome Edict Of Nantes ( 1598 )

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1. Compare and contrast the Edict of Milan (313) with the Edict of Nantes (1598). In what ways are they similar and in what ways are they different? Explain the similarities and/or differences between the two edicts, paying close attention to the texts as well as the specific historical circumstances in which they were composed.

The Edict of Milan in 313 was declared by Emperor Constantine and Licinius. This declaration called for toleration of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire and freedom of worship to all Rome’s citizens. It was issued shortly after the end of Christian persecution under the reign of Emperor Diocletian. Previous to the declaration of this edict, Emperor Constantine decided to march on Italy. Before advancing, Constantine saw a vision of a symbol of Christianity. He heard a voice that said “In this sign, you will conquer”; and truly he did. As a way of saying ‘thank you’ to Christians all around the empire, Constantine passed the Edict of Milan. It gave Christianity a legal status, however, it did not make it the official religion of the land. St. Bartholomew Day Massacre in 1572 occurred due to the limited toleration she had towards Protestants. Catholics killed thousands of Protestants on this day. This caused an uproar throughout the land and turned a political struggle into a religious war. When Catherine de’ Medici died, Henry IV was crowned king. The Edict of Nantes in 1598 was

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