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By Carolyn Chappell Lougee

The Edict of Nantes ended the civil wars of the Reformation in 1598 through making France a state with religions. Catholics may possibly worship at any place, whereas Protestants had particular destinations the place they have been sanctioned to worship. Over the arrival a long time Protestants' non secular freedom and civil privileges eroded until eventually the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, issued lower than Louis XIV in 1685, criminalized their religion.

The Robillard de Champagné, a noble family members, have been between these dealing with the Revocation. They and their co-religionists faced the tough choice even if to obey this new legislations and convert, feign conversion and stay privately Protestant, or holiday the legislations and try to flee secretly in what used to be the 1st sleek mass migration. during this sweeping family members saga, Carolyn Chappell Lougee narrates how the Champagné family's persecution and Protestant devotion unsettled their financial merits and social status. The relations offers a window onto the alternatives that people and their family members needed to make in those attempting situations, the business enterprise of ladies inside of households, and the results in their offerings. Lougee strains the lives of the relatives who escaped; the family members and group contributors who determined to stick, either complying with and resisting the king's will; and those that resettled in Britain and Prussia, the place they tailored culturally and have become influential individuals of society. She demanding situations the narrative Huguenots advised over next generations concerning the deeper religion of these who opted for exile and the venal characteristics of these who remained in France.

A masterful and relocating account of the Hugenots, dealing with the Revocation bargains a deeply own point of view on one of many maximum acts of non secular intolerance in history.

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