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The origin of the word Huguenot is uncertain. Several of the sites linked at the foot of this page explore possible meanings. For a summary of these, click HERE.

Huguenots were mostly French, Protestant, and subjected on and off between the Reformation and the 18th Century to appalling persecution for their beliefs. They were more often than not in varying states of conflict with the Pope, the French crown, with their neighbours and even among themselves. Many were talented, some high-born, others wealthy. Those in northern France were generally loyal to the crown and flourished accordingly, among them the ancestors - lawyers to the French court - of John Isaac de la Croissette, the de Croisettes family, whose descendants have put together this site.

Huguenots were also noted not only for their vision of Christianity - which corresponded in many respects to that of Calvin - but for their industriousness. In response to persecution over their unorthodox views on worship, they left France in waves to settle all around Europe and even to the early colonies, although most remained in France and some even converted to Roman Catholicism to avoid conflict.

The final exodus, when the de Croisettes family left France, came about when freedom of worship was finally withdrawn under the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, leaving France worse off, and the English, German and Swiss state coffers considerably fuller. The New World and the British Colonies benefited too from the migration of Huguenot skills, knowledge and shrewdness.

It is claimed that the origin of Huguenot beliefs (and perhaps of some of the Huguenots themselves) lies among the Cathars in the medieval past of the eastern Mediterranean. The Cathars were the fundamentalists of their days, some barely Christian, most agnostic, and all a thorn in the side of the Roman Catholic church. They were mercilessly suppressed in the 15th century until in any formal way they ceased to exist.

For a short history of the Cathars, click HERE.

Click HERE for a longer history of the Huguenots in France.

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Links:

A time line of Huguenot history compiled by Charles H. Bobo of California:

http://www.kopower.com/~jimchstn/timeline.htm

Other useful sites:

http://www.cyndislist.com/huguenot.htm

http://huguenot.netnation.com/general/dates.htm

http://www.island.net/~andreav/history.htm

http://www.hugenotten-uckermark.de/Hughis1e.htm

http://www.next1000.com/family/EC/huguenot.hist.html

Roots Web Huguenot archived message list:

http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/index/Huguenot/

A family web page with a very short potted history:

http://webpages.charter.net/txhuguenot/hughist.htm