The Dragonnades persecuting a Huguenot family.Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France from the 16th - 18th + centuries. They were inspired by the writings of John Calvin in the mid 1500s, they were of noble birth, most middle class, skilled artisans, bankers and business people. By the end of the 17th c into the 18th c, They fled France due to religious persecutions. It is estimated over 700,000 fled + more were murdered.
Finally, in October 1685, Louis XIV issued the Edict of Fontainebleau which formally revoked the Edict of Nantes and declared Protestantism illegal in France. This act, more commonly known as the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, was the culmination of the increasing persecution against the Huguenots and it resulted in the destruction of Huguenot churches, the closure of Protestant schools and increased pressure and intimidation to convert to Catholicism. Those who refused to swear…
The Huguenot Exhibition: 'Heretics' who made Britain their home
The Dutch Church in 1815 London The wars of religion led to one influx of French refugees to England; but earlier than this, Protestants (both Dutch- and French-speaking) from the Low Countries were heading across the Channel and the North Sea to escape increasing persecution by their Spanish Habsburg rulers. In 1550 Edward VI gave them the church of the Austin Friars (a community dissolved in 1538), which remains the Dutch Church to this day