Protestant misfortune in biblical perspective
in The Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre
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The Massacre elicited more than one single response from the Protestants. It was a major trauma for them, one that forced them to ask fundamental questions as to why such a disaster had befallen them. One response was to God had punished them because they had failed to observe their covenant with him. Catholics could take a similar view of the events. Both sides derived these responses from their knowledge of the Bible, especially the Old Testament. A cult of martyrdom developed among Huguenot survivors, with Crespin’s Book of Martyrs, some of which were towns as well as individuals, as their bible. An acutely supernatural view of history and their own role in it developed: God punished them so as to bring them back onto the right path and cease compromising with sinful and corrupt Catholics. Their history so far was replete with supernatural signs which they had to interpret as the work of divine providence.

The Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

The mysteries of a crime of state (24 August 1572)


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