CVHF2021 talks by Kate Mosse

40. THE ST BARTHOLEMEW’S DAY MASSACRE 1572

The St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre was a turning point in history. Acclaimed author Kate Mosse will examine the moment when, after years of religious war, there finally seemed to be a chance of peace. Both Huguenot and Catholic nobility gathered at Notre Dame to witness the wedding of Henry of Navarre to Marguerite de Valois, daughter of the powerful Catherine de’ Medici and sister to the French King but, only five days later, a Catholic mob would rampage through the streets of Paris slaughtering Huguenots. Who ordered this act of treachery which would condemn France to another twenty years of violent struggle?

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