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Posted August 22, 2009
As a French Huguenot descendant, I am interested in the history of this group of religious martyrs: the origins, the struggles, their emigration to countries in various parts of the world, especially their impact on Americn history. One-third of American presidents have been progeny of French Huguenot descendants, as were many prominent leaders in other fields: Paul Revere, Francis Marion, John Jay, the DuPonts. When Louis XIV realized after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes that France was losing its most talented and industrious class, he forbade the French Huguenots to leave the country, which, by surreptious means, they did by the hundreds of thousands. This book presents with typical English meticulous research, clarity of thought, cause and effect, and copious illustrations the history of the conflicts between the established church in France and those Protestants who died, went into slavery, and lost everything they had in order to preserve their faith. The book is only 91 pages long, but is heavily condensed and provides a serious, scholarly history of the religious wars which, ultimately, gave America some of its greatest citizens.
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