Edict of Nantes

Issued in 1598 by King Henri IV, himself a Huguenot who converted to Catholicism in order to obtin the throne of France, the Edict of Nantes establishes Catholicism as the state religion of France, but grant the Protestants equality with Catholics under the throne and a degree of religious and political freedom within their domains. The Edict simultaneously protects Catholic interests by discouraging the founding of new Protestant churches in Catholic-controlled regions.

Louis XIII, son of le grand Henri, proclaims tolerance for the Huguenots’ freedom of conscience, but in 1621 and 1622 he waged an often brutal campaign against the French Protestants in the west and southwest, violating provisions of the Edict permitting the Huguenots to be secure in their communities.




Edict of Nantes

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