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The French Huguenots and the Wars of Religion

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The French Huguenots and the Wars of Religion

On August 24, 1572, King Charles IX ordered the assassination of Gaspard de Coligny, the leader of the Protestant Huguenot movement. His decree sent the country into an uproar and would cost thousands more Protestants their lives. What would bring the king to give such an order? Did Charles come to this decision himself, or was he coerced? How connected were religious affiliation and political power during this time in France?

This issue of Christian History & Biography investigates the political maneuverings and religious resentments that led to the gruesome massacre of over 10,000 Protestants in 16th century France.

As they fled persecution, French Protestants reformed doctrine and daily life.

Inside this issue you'll find:

  • The Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre - Suspicious and scared, the king of France ordered a political assassination. Then the real killing began.
  • Order in the Church - Reforming doctrine was just the beginning of a vigorous campaign to restructure Christian life-at church, at home, and in each believer's heart.
  • Getting Serious About Sin - No misdeed went unpunished in Calvin's Geneva.
  • Reformation on the Run - Lacking political or religious freedom, French Reformed thinkers forged a unique expression of faith.
  • Pleading the Cause of Christ - In the "Prefatory Address" to his Institutes, John Calvin defends both his doctrine and its battered believers.
  • Slaughter, Mayhem, & Providence - How one of France's greatest poets made sense of the Huguenot tragedies.
  • The Gallery: The Inner Circle - Huguenot intrigues swirled around a handful of key figures.
  • Forgotten Reformer - As obscure now as his tiny native village, Pierre Viret once captured the hearts of the Huguenots.
  • Escape from Babylon - As repression became a way of life in France, Huguenots faced three choices: convert, go underground, or risk everything to reach le Refuge.
  • The Link: A New War of Religion - Pluralism and evangelicalism collide in contemporary France. A conversation with Sibastien Fath.
Issue 71 (Volume X (10), Number 3)
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