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OF

PROTESTANTISM

IN FRANCE,

FROM THE EARLIEST AGES TO THE END OF THE

REIGN OF CHARLES IX,

LONDON:

TUS RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY :

Instituled 1799,

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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER III.

FRANCIS I. 1515—1547.

Dawn of the reformation.-The university of Paris.-

Francis and his sister Margaret.-Progress of piety
and learning.-Opposition to gospel preaching.--Com-
mencement of persecution. The ancient Vaudois.-
Death of Francis I.

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CHAPTER IV.

HENRY II. 1547-1559.

Political parties.-Court festivities and Protestant mar-

tyrdoms.--Spread of the reformed religion. The
inquisition of the faith.-The Clerks' Meadow.-French
version of the Psalms.-The king's visit to parliament.
-Arrest of the Protestant councillors.- Protestantism
in danger.-Sudden death of Henry 11.

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THE HISTORY

OF

PROTESTANTISM IN FRANCE.

CHAPTER I.

PERIOD PREVIOUS TO LOUIS XII. A.D. 1497.

PERHAPS there is no country in the world, when we except the Holy Land, where the entire history of religion, taken in connexion with the circumstances which have surrounded it, has been at once more interesting and more painful, than in France.

In France, the Christian religion has uniformly been placed between two enemies ;-on one side, superstition ; on the other, infidelity. An

escape from the former has too often caused a fall into the latter.

In no country has the history of persecution and martyrdom been more striking than in France, whether the persecutors were the furious worshippers of the gods of ancient Rome and Gaul, or the unhappily blinded and bigoted disciples of the church which succeeded them. In the first ages of Christianity, the martyrs

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