The Massacre of St. Bartholomew Preceded by a History of the Religious Wars in the Reign of Charles IX
1868. From the Preface: In the following pages I have endeavored to describe the great struggle which devastated France in the latter half of the sixteenth century, and culminated in the memorable tragedy of St. Bartholomew' Day. The nature of that struggle cannot be fairly understood, unless the condition of the Protestants under Francis I. and his two immediate successors be taken into consideration. In those fiery times of trial the Huguenot character was formed, and the nation gradually separated into two parties, so fanatically hostile, that the extermination of the weaker seemed the only possible means of reestablishing the unity of France. Contents: Henry II. Reign of Francis II; France at the Accession of Charles IX; From the Accession of Charles IX to the Massacre of Vassy; First Religious War; Chaos; The Meeting at Bayonne and the Second War; The Third Civil War; The Calm Before the Storm; The Marriage and the Plot; The Assassination; The Festival of Blood; Massacre in the Provinces; and The Closing Scene.
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