Huguenot crossOn August 23 and 24, 1572, the bloodiest religious event France had ever known took place: the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, during which Catholics murdered Protestants.

The massacre sent disapproving shock-waves around Europe.

Over the past few Augusts, I have written about the story of the Huguenots, French Protestants — Calvinists — who longed for the liberty to exercise their religious practice openly. The symbol pictured is the Huguenot Cross, which includes the representation of the Holy Spirit as a dove.

The following posts — all available on my Christianity / Apologetics page — trace the history of the Huguenots:

The origins of the word ‘Huguenot’

Notes on the Reformation (with regard to the Huguenots)

A Huguenot timeline

The Huguenot méreau

The Huguenot Cross

Life as a Huguenot in France

St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

La Rochelle and the French Wars of Religion

The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes — the Edict of Fontainebleau

When the Huguenots finally became part of French society

In an attempt to exercise religious liberty, the Huguenots explored and settled in distant parts of the world in the 16th century:

The Huguenot settlements in 16th century Brazil

The Huguenots in 16th century St Kitts

The Huguenot settlement in 16th century South Carolina

The Huguenots in sixteenth-century Florida

The Huguenots in South Africa

The Huguenot legacy in South Africa

Some settled across the Channel:

Huguenot migration, French alarm and the Channel Islands (the word ‘refugee’ was coined in 1681)

The next few posts will examine more aspects of the Huguenot story.