This 427th episode of “Come with us to France” gives us an insight into the history of the Huguenots in France in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Huguenots were a Protestant minority in France who faced intense persecution from the French Catholic majority and monarchy. The persecution of Protestants in France resulted in the massacre on Saint Bartholomew’s Day in 1572. Thousands of Huguenots died that day. Despite terrible challenges, the Huguenots made significant contributions to French society, particularly in the arts, science and commerce. Many Huguenots eventually emigrated from France to other countries, such as England, Germany, the Dutch Republic and America, where their beliefs were better accepted.
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