The Edict of Nantes, issued on 13 April 1598, by Henry IV of France, granted the Calvinist Protestants of France (also known as Huguenots) substantial rights in a nation still considered essentially Catholic. In the Edict, Henry aimed primarily to promote civil unity. The Edict separated civil from religious unity, treated some Protestants for the first time as more than mere schismatics and heretics, and opened a path for secularism and tolerance.
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…
Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes and ordered the destruction of Huguenot churches, as well as the closing of Protestant schools. This policy made official the persecution already enforced since the dragonnades created in 1681 by the king in order to intimidate Huguenots into converting to Catholicism. As a result of the officially sanctioned persecution by the dragoons who were billeted upon prominent Huguenots, a large number of Protestants — estimates range from 210,000 to 900,000 —…
Nantes, a city in West France, located on the Loire River, is the 6th largest in France. During the Wars of Religion, Nantes supported the Catholic League and the governor of Brittany, the Duke of Mercoeur, in his fight against the Protestants. The town was one of the last to recognise the authority of Henri IV, which meant that the edict of Nantes, a decree guaranteeing the right of worship to Protestants, did not reflect the majority opinion of the inhabitants.
Huguenot stamp~my Ancestors. Andre Picon & Ester Jeanne Bonneau left La Rochelle, France during the Edict of Nantes. Arriving in Scotland then to Ireland. Andre Picon held a position in the Court of King Louis XIV (King of France) : Revocation of the Edict of Nantes
The Edict of Nantes, signed by Henry IV in April, 1598, ended the Wars of Religion, and allowed the Huguenots some religious freedoms, including free exercise of their religion in 20 specified towns of France. The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV in October, 1685, began anew persecution of the Huguenots, and hundreds of thousands of Huguenots fled France to other countries.
Philip the Fair (Philip IV), Henry III and Louis XIII were all born in the palace, and Philip died there. Christina of Sweden lived there for years, following her abdication in 1654. In 1685 Fontainebleau saw the signing of the Edict of Fontainebleau, which revoked the Edict of Nantes (1598). Royal guests of the Bourbon kings were housed at Fontainebleau, including Peter the Great of Russia and Christian VII of Denmark.
27 février 1594 - Henri IV est sacré à Chartres - Au début de 1594, Henri IV assiège avec succès Dreux puis il est sacré le 27 fév 1594 en la cathédrale de Chartres: il est l'un des 3 roi de France sacrés ailleurs qu'à Reims ou Paris, qui étaient en effet tenus par la Ligue.