Title

Let God Arise: The War & Rebellion of the Camisards

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

6-1-2018

Abstract

'Both the book’s title (Let God Arise, the opening words of the Camisards’ battle hymn taken from Psalm 68) and many chapter headings (‘I Will Pour Out My Spirit’, ‘Your Women and Children Shall Prophesy’, ‘The Children of God’ and ‘Alpha and Omega’) reflect both the Old Testament literalism of the Camisards themselves and Monahan’s grasp of biblical symbolism. His clear translations of their letters, speeches, dialogues, documents and sermons demonstrate not only that the author understands the mindset of these religious freedom fighters, but also adds force and clarity to the very ideals they were willing to die for: freedom of conscience, religious liberty and release from unfair taxation, among others. Monahan uses the words of government officials, Church prelates and Camisard leaders throughout the text to show how this conflict was both a religious and a civil war in which both sides were in effect working like the devil for the Lord with gun, sword and fire."

Comments

Excerpted from book review

Journal Title

French History

Volume

29

Issue

2

First Page

250

Last Page

251

Book Title

Let God Arise: The War & Rebellion of the Camisards

Editor

W. Gregory Monahan, author

Publisher

Oxford University Press

City

Oxford, England

ISBN

978 0 1996 8844 9

DOI

10.1093/fh/crv020

First Department

History and Political Science

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