Legacy of the Huguenot Church

Legacy of the Huguenot Church
Emigration of the Huguenots 1566
Ben Wilkerson
Ben Wilkerson Ben served with Sheffield Presbyterian Church, UK, and is a Christian writer residing in the USA.
21 September, 2018 6 min read

On October 18 1685, Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes. Consisting of 92 articles aimed at promoting civil and religious liberty, the Edict of Nantes had been issued by Henry IV in 1598 in an attempt to end civil war and grant some liberties to the Huguenots, which the French government and Roman Catholic Church saw as heretical.

With the protections revoked, relentless state and church-sponsored persecution harried the French Protestant Church and nearly half a million French citizens left France for the safety of neighboring Protestant nations or further abroad. Although the Huguenot church is not widely heard of today, the legacy and impact of the Huguenot church is seen throughout the globe.

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