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History - 2. Historical Summary

1. How the Huguenots got their name
2. Summary of their history from Calvin to the Great Elector of Brandenburg
3. The Huguenots in France - the French Reformation
4. The French Reformer John Calvin
5. The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day - the first pogrom in modern times
6. From the Edict of Nantes 1598 to the Edict of Fontainebleau 1685
7. The Flight of the Huguenots
8. Maps

From Calvin to the Great Elector of Brandenburg

1509-1564John Calvin, French reformer
1559The first national synod of the Reformed Protestants of France, held in Paris
1562-1598The French Wars of Religion
23. August 1572The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Day in Paris
13. April 1598Promulgation of the Edict of Nantes by the French King Henry IV
28. Oktober 1626The fall of the citadel La Rochelle, the last Huguenot stronghold
1681The beginning of the "dragonnades", forced conversion by billeting troops on the Protestants
18. Oktober 1685Revocation of the Edict of Nantes by the French King Louis XIV and the flight of around 200.000 Huguenots
29. Oktober 1685The Edict of Potsdam issued by the Great Elector Frederick William of Brandenburg

Huguenots in Germany

Approximately 44.000 Huguenots came to Germany, to Protestant states:

Brandenburg-Prussiaapprox. 20.000
Hesse-Kasselapprox. 3.800
the Rhein-Main regionapprox. 3.400
the Palatinate and Zweibrückenapprox. 3.400
Franconiaapprox. 3.200
Württembergapprox. 3.000
Hanseatic citiesapprox. 1.500
Lower Saxonyapprox. 1.500

Others went to Baden-Durlach, the Electorate of Saxony (Leipzig and Dresden), the Saarland (Ludweiler in Warndt), to Thüringen, Mecklenburg, Anhalt, Lippe-Detmold, Danzig, Neuwied, Waldeck and the principality of Berg, etc.

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