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Timeline

1517

The Reformation – the new Protestant faith sweeps across Europe.

1548

First Huguenots in London – King Edward VI Charter allowed Huguenots to pray at Austin Friars Church in the City of London.

1548

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre – around 30,000 Catholics and Protestants were slaughtered across France on the eve of the wedding of Henry of Navarre, heir to the throne, and a Protestant, to Marguerite de Valois, a Catholic.

1548

The Edict of Nantes – signed by Henri of Navarre, which allowed Protestants to practise their faith in France providing they didn’t upset the Catholics.

1548

The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes – Louis XIV wanted everyone in France to be Catholic. Protestants had to convert to Catholicism, or be punished by the forfeiture of all their goods, bullying, imprisonment, torture and being sentenced to work on the galley ships.

1548

Large numbers of Huguenots arrive in London – mainly settling in Spitalfields and Soho but also Wandsworth, Clerkenwell, Greenwich, the City of London and as far afield as Plymouth, Bristol, Taunton, Exeter, Southampton, Faversham, Sandwich, Dover, Rye, Colchester, Canterbury and Norwich. 

1548

French Revolution – Protestants free to practise their faith in France.

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