Facing the Revocation: Huguenot Families, Faith, and the King's Will

Facing the Revocation: Huguenot Families, Faith, and the King's Will

by Carolyn Chappell Lougee


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Winner of the David H. Pinkney Prize of the French Historical Society
Winner of the Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize of the Western Association of Women Historians
Winner of the Award for Best Scholarly Work of the National Huguenot Society

The Edict of Nantes ended the civil wars of the Reformation in 1598 by making France a kingdom with two religions. Catholics could worship anywhere, while Protestants had specific locations where they were sanctioned to worship. Over the coming decades Protestants' religious freedom and civil privileges eroded until the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, issued under Louis XIV in 1685, criminalized their religion.

The Robillard de Champagn , a noble family, were among those facing the Revocation. They and their co-religionists confronted the difficult decision whether to obey this new law and convert, feign conversion and remain privately Protestant, or break the law and attempt to flee secretly in what was the first modern mass migration. In this sweeping family saga, Carolyn Chappell Lougee narrates how the Champagn family's persecution and Protestant devotion unsettled their economic advantages and social standing. The family provides a window onto the choices that individuals and their kin had to make in these trying circumstances, the agency of women within families, and the consequences of their choices. Lougee traces the lives of the family members who escaped; the kin and community members who decided to stay, both complying with and resisting the king's will; and those who resettled in Britain and Prussia, where they adapted culturally and became influential members of society. She challenges the narrative Huguenots told over subsequent generations about the deeper faith of those who opted for exile and the venal qualities of those who remained in France.

A masterful and moving account of the Hugenots, Facing the Revocation offers a deeply personal perspective on one of the greatest acts of religious intolerance in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780197533543
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/03/2020
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Chappell Lougee is Frances and Charles Field Professor in History Emerita and an award-winning teacher at Stanford University. She is the author of Le Paradis des femmes: Women, Salons, and Social Stratification in Seventeenth-Century France.

Table of Contents

Principal Personages
Part One: The Champagné in Saintonge
Chapter 1: A Family of the Charentes in Distaff
Chapter 2: Faith of the Fathers and Will of the King
Chapter 3: Marie in Jeopardy
Chapter 4: Aunt Madelene's Offensive
Chapter 5: Families Endure
Part Two: Escaping from France
Chapter 6: Preparing the Escape
Chapter 7: Chancing Escape
Part Three: Those Who Stayed
Chapter 8: Thérèse's Guardian
Chapter 9: Caring for Thérèse
Chapter 10: Cousins
Part Four: Resettling Abroad
Chapter 11: Into the Refuge
Chapter 12: Experiencing Exile
Chapter 13: Marie at the Head of the Family
Conclusion: History and Story
Afterword: Retelling the Champagné Story
Appendix: Family Trees

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