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Religious leaders in France were deeply affected by the politics of the land An example would be the French leader Catherine de Medicis She became a regent for her son Charles IX and also based her decisions on the possible political gains of her monarchy She first tried to reconcile protestant and Catholic faction which ended unsuccessfully because she feared the power of the Guises Politics were reflected in her by her concern to preserve and balance the monarch and seek valuable allies The Duke of Guises massacred many ending protestant toleration After this Catherine then thought the Guises were gaining too much political power but she feared the Guises therefore she had to become their ally The battle between protestants and catholic power Huguenots and Guises respectively once again shifted as Coligny became Charles IXs most trusted advisor this raised the protestant influence on the king and on the monarchy The monarchy would chose to favor whichever would balance the power and at this time it was the Guises Therefore she plotted with them unsuccessfully the murder of Coligny Fearful at Charles IXs reaction she convinced him that a Huguenot coup was afoot led by Coligny and that they must execute any and all people involved to save the crown This led to the bloody St Bartholomews Day Massacre This massacre only achieved the murder of several Huguenots and made their struggle an international war This battle of religion and political power was now a struggle to the death for sheer survival against the enemy whose cruelty gave reason to any means of protestant resistant 2Spain achieved a position of dominance through many factors Philips home base Castile was very populated and wealthy Also the bullion from the Spanish colonies in the new world added to his wealth and success The silver mines opened in Potosi gave Philip the money he needed to pay his bankers and merchants All of these
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