Huguenots in France by Smiles, Samuel

Huguenots in France

bySmiles, Samuel

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Six years since, I published a book entitled The Huguenots: their Settlements, Churches, and Industries, in England and Ireland. Its object was to give an account of the causes which led to the large migrations of foreign Protestants from Flanders and France into England, and to describe their effects upon English industry as well as English history. It was necessary to give a brief résumé of the history of the Reformation in France down to the dispersion of the Huguenots, and the suppression of the Protestant religion by Louis XIV under the terms of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Under that Act, the profession of Protestantism was proclaimed to be illegal, and subject to the severest penalties. Hence, many of the French Protestants who refused to be "converted," and had the means of emigrating, were under the necessity of leaving France and endeavoring to find personal freedom and religious liberty elsewhere. The refugees found protection in various countries. The principal portion of the emigrants from Languedoc and the South-Eastern provinces of France crossed the frontier into Switzerland, and settled there, or afterwards proceeded into the states of Prussia, Holland, and Denmark, as well as into England and Ireland. The chief number of emigrants from the Northern and Western seaboard provinces of France, emigrated directly into England, Ireland, America, and the Cape of Good Hope. In my previous work, I endeavored to give as accurate a description as was possible of the emigrants who settled in England and Ireland, to which, the American editor of the work (the Hon. G. P. Disosway) has added an account of those who settled in the United States of America.


Title:Huguenots in FranceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 6, 2015Publisher:Delmarva Publications, Inc.Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good book! The Huguenots in France," written in the 1870s by Samuel Smiles, begins with the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and continues until the time of the French Revolution. While many of the Huguenots fled the country, others suffered incredible persecution at the hands of the crown, the French soldiers, and the church leaders. In spite of this, French Protestantism refused to die. Smiles' book describes in great detail this tragic period in the history of France. Written in a lively and engaging style, Smiles' book is hard to put down once one has started it. In addition to a lengthy overview of the period, which comprises the first half of the book, Smiles gives detailed accounts of the lives of several of those who escaped France and settled in England. In addition, the last part of the book talks about the Vaudois, who were the French Waldensians, and who lived in the rugged Alps of southeastern France. While dating from far before the Reformation and technically not Huguenots, they too were an often persecuted people who nevertheless survived with their identity intact. All in all, this is a most informative book and a great read for anyone with an interest in the history of the Huguenots.
Date published: 2015-05-13