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The Huguenots

France, Exile and Diaspora

Jane McKee is President of the Irish Section of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland. She lectured in French at the University of Ulster until 2011.

Randolph Vigne is a past President of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland and former General Editor of the Society’s publications

Scholars from France and from countries of the Huguenot Refuge examine the situation of French Protestants before and after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, in France and in the countries to which many of them fled during the great exodus which followed the Edict of Fontainebleau. Covering a period from the end of the sixteenth to the beginning of the nineteenth century, the volume examines aspects of life in France, from the debate on church unity to funeral customs, but its primary focus is on departure from France and its consequences – both before and after the Revocation. It offers insights into individuals and groups, from grandees such as Henri de Ruvigny, député général and later Earl of Galway, to converted Catholic priests and from businessmen and communities choosing their destination for economic as well as religious reasons, to women and children moving across European frontiers or groups seeking refuge in the islands of the Indian Ocean.

The information-gathering activities of the French authorities and the reception of problematic groups such as the Camisard prophets among exile communities are examined, as well as the significant contributions which Huguenots began to make, in a variety of domains, to the countries in which they had settled. The refugees were extremely interested in the history of their diaspora and of the individuals of which it was composed, and this theme too is explored. Finally, the Napoleonic period brought some of the refugees up against France in a more immediate way, raising further questions of identity and aspiration for the Huguenot community in Germany.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-84519-463-5
Hardback Price: £55.00 / $74.95
Release Date: March 2013
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-682-0
Paperback Price: £27.50 / $ 44.95
Release Date: September 2014
Page Extent / Format: 256 pp. / 246 x 171 mm
Illustrated: Yes


List of Contributors


Part 1: France

Jean-Paul Pittion Exemplary narratives of resistance and the shaping of a Huguenot cultural memory

Yves Krumenacker Huguenot Death, between discourse and reality (seventeenth century)

Pieter Coertzen The Bible and the broken chain: the Huguenots and freedom of religion

Christina L. Griffiths Confessional conflict and “Turkish” tolerance? Philippe Canaye, Sieur de Fresnes, Huguenot and Catholic convert

Vivien Costello A Derry (Londonderry) Huguenot family – Lavie

Jane McKee Departure and exile in the Drelincourt correspondence

Andreas Flick Duchess Éléonore Desmier d’Olbreuse (1639–1722): the Huguenot grandmother of King George II of Great Britain and Ireland

Part 2: Exile

Carolyn Lougee Chappell Through the eyes of a spy: venom and value in an enemy’s reports on the Huguenot emigration

Michelle Magdelaine Women and children in the Refuge

David van der Linden The economy of exile: Huguenot migration from Dieppe to
Rotterdam, 1685–1700

Randolph Vigne Huguenots to the southern oceans: archival fact and Voltairean myth
Lionel Laborie The Huguenot offensive against the Camisard Prophets in the English Refuge (1685–1710)

Didier Boisson Exile and integration in the British Isles: The case of Catholic clergymen converted to Protestantism in the reign of Louis XIV

Part 3: Diaspora

Marie Léoutre Député Général in France and in exile: Henri de Ruvigny, Earl of Galway
Diane Watts Pierre des Maizeaux: a life in exile

Sugiko Nishikawa The world of J.C. Werndli: Zurich, Sandtoft and Wraisbury

Máire Kennedy Huguenot readers in eighteenth-century Ireland

Allison Neill-Rabaux A Literary Journal: imitator of the Bibliothèque raisonnée?
Viviane Rosen-Prest Berlin’s Huguenots: reactions to the French émigrés and Napoleon’s occupation army

Cormac Chesser Between Babylon and Canaan: The children of the diaspora and the story of their past

Appendix 1: List of books printed in Ireland 1700–55, written by Huguenot authors, printed by Huguenot booksellers, or aimed at a Huguenot readership
Appendix 2: Bibliography


Reviewed in La Société de l’Histoire du Protestantisme Français, December 2013.

The Huguenots... demonstrates that the study of this particular diaspora can offer a meaningful and richly rewarding perspective on early modern European society.
Laura M. Stewart, Birkbeck, University of London, French History, Vol. 28, no 1, March 2014

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