Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre

   The Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre was a massacre of the Huguenot leaders in paris on August 23-24, 1572. To increase her power, Queen Catherine de' medici intrigued with the Catholic faction, led by the House of guise, against the Protestants, led by the House of condé. Jealous of the power of the Huguenot leader Admiral Gaspard de coligny, the adviser to her son, King charles ix, she ordered his assassination. The plot failed, however, and the Huguenot leaders who had gathered in paris for the wedding of Catherine's daughter, marguerite de valois, to Henri de Navarre (henry iv), demanded an investigation. instead, the Huguenot leaders and many of their followers, numbering in the thousands, were murdered. The first to be killed was Coligny. The massacre then spread from Paris to the provinces, with many more victims (see wars of religion).

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  • Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre — • This massacre of which Protestants were the victims occurred in Paris on 24 August, 1572 (the feast of St. Bartholomew), and in the provinces of France during the ensuing weeks, and it has been the subject of knotty historical disputes Catholic …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Saint Bartholomew's Day, Massacre of — (Aug. 24–25, 1572) Murder of French Huguenots in Paris by Catholics. As part of the ongoing Wars of Religion, Catherine de Médicis agreed to a plot by the Guise family (see house of Guise) to assassinate the Huguenot Gaspard II de Coligny. When… …   Universalium

  • Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre — Fr. Hist. a massacre of over 3000 Huguenots, instigated by Catherine de Médicis and begun in Paris on St. Bartholomew s Day, August 24, 1572. * * * …   Universalium

  • Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre — Fr. Hist. a massacre of over 3000 Huguenots, instigated by Catherine de Médicis and begun in Paris on St. Bartholomew s Day, August 24, 1572 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bartholomew's Day Massacre, Saint — • This massacre of which Protestants were the victims occurred in Paris on 24 August, 1572 (the feast of St. Bartholomew), and in the provinces of France during the ensuing weeks, and it has been the subject of knotty historical disputes Catholic …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Massacre, Saint Bartholomew's Day — • This massacre of which Protestants were the victims occurred in Paris on 24 August, 1572 (the feast of St. Bartholomew), and in the provinces of France during the ensuing weeks, and it has been the subject of knotty historical disputes Catholic …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • St. Bartholomew's Day massacre — Painting by François Dubois, a Huguenot painter born circa 1529 in Amiens, who settled in Switzerland. Although Dubois did not witness the massacre, he depicts Admiral Coligny s body hanging out of a window at the rear to the right. To the left… …   Wikipedia

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