From A Far Country: Camisards and Huguenots in the Atlantic World by Catharine RandallFrom A Far Country: Camisards and Huguenots in the Atlantic World by Catharine Randall

From A Far Country: Camisards and Huguenots in the Atlantic World

byCatharine Randall

Paperback | March 1, 2011

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In From a Far Country Catharine Randall examines Huguenots and their less-known cousins the Camisards, offering a fresh perspective on the important role these French Protestants played in settling the New World.

The Camisard religion was marked by more ecstatic expression than that of the Huguenots, not unlike differences between Pentecostals and Protestants. Both groups were persecuted and emigrated in large numbers, becoming participants in the broad circulation of ideas that characterized the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Atlantic world. Randall vividly portrays this French Protestant diaspora through the lives of three figures: Gabriel Bernon, who led a Huguenot exodus to Massachusetts and moved among the commercial elite; Ezéchiel Carré, a Camisard who influenced Cotton Mather’s theology; and Elie Neau, a Camisard-influenced writer and escaped galley slave who established North America’s first school for blacks.

Like other French Protestants, these men were adaptable in their religious views, a quality Randall points out as quintessentially American. In anthropological terms they acted as code shifters who manipulated multiple cultures. While this malleability ensured that French Protestant culture would not survive in externally recognizable terms in the Americas, Randall shows that the culture’s impact was nonetheless considerable.

Catharine Randall is a professor of French at Fordham University. She is the author of numerous books including Earthly Treasures: Material Culture and Metaphysics in the Heptaméron and Evangelical Narrative and Building Codes: The Aesthetics of Calvinism in Early Modern Europe.
Title:From A Far Country: Camisards and Huguenots in the Atlantic WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:186 pages, 9 × 6 × 10 inPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Camisards and Huguenots: Old and New World
Chapter One. Crisis in the Cévennes
Chapter Two. Survival Strategies: Prophets, Preachers, and Paradigms
Chapter Three. The Testimonials: The French Prophets and the Inspirés of the Holy Spirit
Chapter Four. "From a Farr Countrie": An Introduction to the French Protestant Experience in New England
Chapter Five. Protestant and Profiteer: Gabriel Bernon in the New World
Chapter Six. Cotton Mather, Ezéchiel Carré, and the French Connection
Chapter Seven. Elie Neau and French Protestant Pietism in Colonial New York
Conclusion. "A Habitation Elsewhere": Huguenots, Camisards, and the Transatlantic Experience


Editorial Reviews

Randall's work remains an essential read for anyone planning to study the Huguenots or Camisards, especially in an Atlantic context. Her research has clearly opened up a debate which should have come to light sooner; that the impact of immigration on a society does not stop at those immigrants who isolate themselves in immigrant communities, but is far more wide reaching. - Christopher S. Adams - Wesley Historical Society