Sunday, August 24th, 2008 | Author:

I recently unearthed a copy of An Almanac of the Christian Church by William D. Blake. As our American history is relatively short, and we do tend to be self-focused, I thought sharing occasional tidbits of church history might give us a broader perspective. Here’s today’s morsel. (Click on the picture for wikipedia details.)

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.
During the night in Paris and throughout France, over 10,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) were murdered by the troops of Catherine de Medici, the Queen mother, and for 30 years the real ruler of France. The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre precipitated the Fourth Huguenot War and quickened the spirit of French Protestant religious emigration soon after.

How precious is our freedom to worship God as we choose.

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4 Responses
  1. Hercules Mulligan says:


    You wouldn’t believe how many of our Founding Fathers were directly descended from those emigrating French Huguenots. Gouverneur Morris, Elias Boudinot, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton, are only a precious few. Amazing, isn’t it?

    P.S. Is that lady holding a feather duster? I couldn’t figure it out.

  2. akaGaGa says:

    Hmmm … I hadn’t thought about that, Herky. Given that she was the Queen mother, I would guess she didn’t even know what a feather-duster was.

    Maybe it’s one of those scented things so she wouldn’t have to smell herself? I understand they weren’t very big on hygiene in this days. :)

  3. akaGaGa says:

    That’s supposed to be “those days” of course. I just hate it when my fingers get ahead of my brain.

  4. Hercules Mulligan says:

    HA! Your first comment above made me laugh out loud! I sympathize about racing fingers and lagging brain — so don’t feel bad, it happens to me too! That’s why posting comments usually takes me a long time. :S

    Have a great day, in spite of dizzy fingers! :)