The stability and peace which seemed to be so firmly established by the brilliant monarchy of Francis I vanished with the terrible outbreak of the Wars of Religion.

Lytton Strachey Religion Quote

The old interests of aristocracy – the romance of action the exalted passions of chivalry and war – faded into the background and their place was taken by the refined and intimate pursuits of peace and civilization.

Lytton Strachey Peace Quote