The Hatred of Clans: Wars of Religion 1559-1610

The Hatred of Clans: Wars of Religion 1559-1610

Until 30 July, the Musée de l'Armée at Les Invalides is offering an insight into the 16th century and the Wars of Religion.

In the midst of the Renaissance, the second half of the 16th century was marked by numerous disturbances and a challenge to royal power.

The kingdom was set ablaze for forty years during a series of clashes and eight Wars of Religion.

This period was a serious crisis for the Ancien Régime, and was marked by Saint Bartholomew's Day, a particularly bloody episode.

The exhibition looks back at the issues at stake in these wars, which divided the kingdom between the accidental death of King Henry II and the assassination of King Henry IV.

The exhibition takes a look back at this complex period through armour and war equipment, portraits and archive documents tracing the oppositions between the Guise of the ultra-Catholic league, the Protestant Condé clan and the more moderate Montmorency party.

The exhibition also highlights the international repercussions of the Wars of Religion, from Poland to the Netherlands.

The conflict is also relevant today, as it has been the subject of numerous pamphlets and pictorial representations, making it the first media conflict in history.


From Wednesday 5 April 2023 to Sunday 30 July 2023

Temporary exhibition rooms

Full price: 15€ | Reduced price : 12€ | Under 18s: free | 18-25s: €5 (temporary exhibition only) | Digital guide €5

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