Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Dalia Leonardo

"League Polemics and Monarchical Crisis During the Reign of Henry III (1588-1589)"

Winner of the Loomie Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper, 1994

This fine paper demonstrates how the French wars of religion were waged, not only with cannon and sword, but also with pamphlet and illustration. Using these sources, Leonardo shows how King Henry III's opponents undermined the authority of his reign by creating an image for him and placing it against the traditional expectations of the ruler. She skillfully interprets this pamphlet and illustrative material, setting it within the framework of medieval and early modern ideas of kingship. Notable is the originality and depth of the research, the range of historiographical understanding, and the care and precision of the writing in this paper. This small jewel of an essay is a model of the historian's craft.

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