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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Sir Henry Norris: English Ambassador, Huguenot Advocate
Author:   Robert G. Lilly
College:   Liberal Arts
Degree Program:   History, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Dr. William G. Palmer
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   01/10/2003

Henry Norris served as English ambassador in France from 1567 to 1571, during the second and third French wars of religion, fought between Protestant Huguenots and the ruling Catholics. As ambassador Norris was able to help convince his reluctant Queen, Elizabeth I, to provide aid to her fellow Protestants in France. Elizabeth also entrusted Norris with the task of persuading the French authorities to refrain from sending forces to aid the deposed Scottish Queen Mary and Catholic rebels in the North of England. Despite contemporary criticism that he was inexperienced, and criticism from modern historians that he was ineffective, this thesis shows that Norris played an important role in England’s diplomatic relationship with France during his ambassadorship, and his vocal support for the Huguenots helped pioneer the idea of religious pluralism accepted in modern democracies.  

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