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Edict of Nantes


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  • n. an edict issued by Henry IV. (A. D. 1598), giving toleration to Protestants. Its revocation by Louis XIV. (A. D. 1685) was followed by terrible persecutions and the expatriation of thousands of French Protestants.


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  • He demanded that Protestants acknowledge the king's sovereignty, but he did not revoke the Edict of Nantes, which guaranteed their freedom of conscience.

    For King And Country

  • Even when, in 1685, the Sun King made "the worst political decision" of his long reign, by revoking the Edict of Nantes, which had banned persecution of the Huguenots, the unintended result of his intolerance was the spread of French literacy.

    Why They All Came to Versailles

  • [4] Composed after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, during a period of renewed persecutions against the Huguenots, the Mémoires pour servir à la vie d'Agrippa d'Aubigné glorify the courtier, warrior, man of action, and servant to the king and furnish an image consistent with his descendant's wishes.

    Louis XIV's Secret Wife

  • Known as "le bon roi" or the Good King, Henry IV singlehandedly brought an end to the French Wars of Religion by signing the Edict of Nantes in 1598.

    Romina Ruiz-Goiriena: A Lesson to Learn From Good Old Henry IV

  • This was only a few years after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes which had left all French Calvinists without citizenship and its protections.

    Huguenot Symbol - how deeply encoded was it?

  • His ancestor Henri de Caritat was among the first to adopt the reformed faith in 1561 prior to its official toleration in 1598 under the terms of the Edict of Nantes.

    The Snowbank

  • For Afrikaners, it matters a great deal that they are descended from the Huguenots fleeing Catholic persecution in France following the 1685 revocation of the religiously tolerant Edict of Nantes.

    The Old Order Loses Its Grip

  • French family which fled on the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.

    Les Miserables

  • Judith Giton married Pierre Manigault in 1699, who with his brother Gabriel had emigrated to Carolina after the repeal of the Edict of Nantes.

    History of American Women

  • Champlain did all in his power to preserve a measure of tolerance for Protestants in the St. Lawrence Valley, while supporting a Catholic establishment under the terms of the Edict of Nantes.

    Champlain's Dream


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