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Edict of Nantes Here in America most Americans arent very aware of the freedom that has been bestowed upon us Thousands of men women and children died in various wars over the years to protect our basic rights Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness As for myself I know I take that freedom for granted and I know many others have also If we believe in one God or six gods it doesnt matter here in America You wont be killed for your religious beliefs unless youre some crazy activist Up until the late 1500s that was the case If you did not follow the religious beliefs of the King or the Lord of the land you were killed or exiled from the land In 1598 King Henry IV passed the Edict of Nantes granting religious freedom to the commoners also known as Huguenots Henry IV 1589-161O was the Protestant king of Navarre who led the Huguenot cause during the French wars of religion His grandmother was Marguerite de Navarre and his mother Jeanne dAlbret both educated and remarkably talented women Henry achieved the French throne through a series of accidents the last of which was the assassination of Henry III in 1589 It was clear that no Protestant could ever command the allegiance of the mass of French people or peaceful rule in the Catholic capital of Paris Henry converted to Catholicism defeated his enemies and ended the long years of religious warfare The Edict of Nantes was the compromise settlement that granted limited toleration for the Huguenots It was a landmark in the history of religious toleration though its main features were watered down under Louis Xlll The Edict was finally rescinded under Louis XIII in 1685 The Edict of Nantes ended the series of religious wars between Catholics and Protestants that ravaged France from 1562 to 1598 During these wars several ineffective treaties were concluded embodying privileges for the
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