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By Robert Jean Knecht

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The 8 French Wars of faith all started in 1562 and lasted for 36 years. even though the wars have been fought among Catholics and Protestants, this books attracts out in complete the both vital fight for strength among the king and the best nobles, and the contention among the nobles themselves as they vied for keep an eye on of the king. In a time whilst human existence counted for little, the destruction reached its peak within the St Bartholomew's Day bloodbath while as much as 10,000 Protestants misplaced their lives.

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But Maximus may well have trusted to Theodosius’s well-known laid-back pragmatism. He had already experienced it in the negotiations after Gratian’s death, and perhaps he thought he had a good chance in the interests of administrative and military efficiency of persuading Theodosius to accept a fait accompli again, once he had taken Valentinian and his entourage into custody and gained administrative control of the strategically vital central prefecture—especially when such a move was accompanied by the bonus of religious orthodoxy.

17 Valentinian, however, was irritated at the army’s interference and postponed his compliance with their wishes, asserting that he needed time to find a capable man whom he trusted, but he also admitted that there was no escaping the pressure in the long term. By the time the troops reached Constantinople he had decided. 18 The period of one-man rule was over, and as long as the united empire in East and West existed, it did not recur. ’’ Toward the end of April the new emperors left Constantinople together on the great military road through the Balkans, moving via Serdica (Sofia) and Naissus (Niš) to Sirmium (Srmska Mitrovica).

From all this it emerges that the cause of the war was a puzzle also to contemporaries, who fled to explanations of sudden extravagant dynastic loyalty or sexual enticement to explain it to themselves. Valentinian and his mother returned to Italy by ship (thus elegantly preventing any suspicion that the young man might have participated in the victory), but Justina died soon afterward, and the personal loss deprived him of such driving force as he had ever had. What had all this to do with the governmental problems of the empire?

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