Massacre of St. Bartholomew (1572)

Feb 2013
1,702
French Republic
#1
Jeanne's son Henry was immediately summoned to conclude the marriage, and came attended by all the most distinguished Huguenots, though the more wary of them remained at home, and the Baron of Rosny said, "If that wedding takes place the favours will be crimson." The Duke of Guise seems to have resolved on taking this opportunity of revenging himself for his father's murder, but the queen-mother was undecided until she found that her son Charles, who had been bidden to cajole and talk over the Huguenot chiefs, had been attracted by their honesty and uprightness, and was ready to throw himself into their hands, and escape from hers. An abortive attempt onPg 70 Guise's part to murder the Admiral Coligny led to all the Huguenots going about armed, and making demonstrations which alarmed both the queen and the people of Paris. Guise and the Duke of Anjou were, therefore, allowed to work their will, and to rouse the bloodthirstiness of the Paris mob. At midnight of the 24th of August, 1572, St. Bartholomew's night, the bell of the church of St. Germain l'Auxerrois began to ring, and the slaughter was begun by men distinguished by a white sleeve. The king sheltered his Huguenot surgeon and nurse in his room. The young King of Navarre and Prince of Condé were threatened into conforming to the Church, but every other Huguenot who could be found was massacred, from Coligny, who was slain kneeling in his bedroom by the followers of Guise, down to the poorest and youngest, and the streets resounded with the cry, "Kill! kill!" In every city where royal troops and Guisard partisans had been living among Huguenots, the same hideous work took place for three days, sparing neither age nor sex. How many thousands died, it is impossible to reckon, but the work was so wholesale that none were left except those in the southern cities, where the Huguenots had been too strong to be attacked, and in those castles where the seigneur was of "the religion." The Catholic party thought the destruction complete, the court went in state to return thanks for deliverance from a supposed plot, while Coligny's body was hung on a gibbet. The Pope ordered public thanksgivings, while Queen Elizabeth put on mourning, and the Emperor Maximilian II., alone among Catholic princes, showed any horror or indignation. But the heart of the unhappy young king was broken by the guilt he had incurred. Charles IX. sank into a decline, and died in 1574, finding no comfort save in the surgeon and nurse he had saved.
 
Sep 2012
3,875
Bulgaria
#2
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A magnificent movie, very good and historically true representation of the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre and the faith of Margaret de Valois.
 
Feb 2013
1,702
French Republic
#4
Im not Catholic but Cathare
And my sympathy is for Protestants maybe because the two Religions is Heretic for Catholics and the Catholics Creat Crusade against the People of Languedoc and after against la Reforme
The Cathare have never exterminate People but the Catho... The Catho a long Tradition of Intolerence and Massacres
I think the Molto of Catho is "In vatican Believe in first and after glorify God"
 
Sep 2013
1,447
Ulster
#5
Im not Catholic but Cathare
And my sympathy is for Protestants maybe because the two Religions is Heretic for Catholics and the Catholics Creat Crusade against the People of Languedoc and after against la Reforme
The Cathare have never exterminate People but the Catho... The Catho a long Tradition of Intolerence and Massacres
I think the Molto of Catho is "In vatican Believe in first and after glorify God"
I empathise with the Protestants of France, cause 70 years later the same happened here.
 
Sep 2013
1,447
Ulster
#9
I mean the news sheets published in England depicting pitchforked babies, mutilated women &c, and describing six-figure death tolls.

The depositions of the rebellion are now online, by the way.

1641 Depositions
Yes, they are indeed, and some of them bear out that these things did happen. The six-figure death toll was claimed too by Catholics. It was only when they started to realise that massacre was not something to be proud of that they started to reduce the figures.

In the late 1700s and even the 1800s similar atrocities were happening, though not on the same scale as 1641.
 
May 2011
1,221
Europe
#10
Im not Catholic but Cathare
And my sympathy is for Protestants maybe because the two Religions is Heretic for Catholics and the Catholics Creat Crusade against the People of Languedoc and after against la Reforme
The Cathare have never exterminate People but the Catho... The Catho a long Tradition of Intolerence and Massacres
I think the Molto of Catho is "In vatican Believe in first and after glorify God"
In many regions, the massacre by the catholics was a response at the massacre by the Huguenots who started the hostilities.
 

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