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St Bartholomews Day Massacre I Introduction The Massacre of St Bartholomews Day was very interesting To better understand it one must divide it into a beginning a middle and an end In the early stages of the war when Catherine de Medici concieved the idea to the middle when Coligny was killed and the end when Gregory finally found out about it II Early Stages The first point argued was whether or not the massacre had been pre meditated by the french court Sismondi Sir James Mackintosh and Henri Bordier maintaining that it had and Ranke Henry Martin Henry White Loiseleur H de la Ferriere and the Abbe Vocandard that it had notThoman 1 The second question debated was the extent to which the court of Rome was responsible for this outrageThomann 1 The idea of a summary execution of the Protestant leaders which would be the means of putting an end to the civil discord that had caused three religious wars in France in 1562-1563 1567-1568 and 1569-1570 respectively had long existed in the minds of Catherine de Medici widow of Henry II and mother of the three successive Kings Francis II Charles IX and Henry III it had also been entertained by her sons Thus we see that the idea of a summary execution of the leaders of Protestantism was in the air from 1560 to 1570 moreover it ws conformable to the doctrine of political murder as it flourished during the Sixteenth Century when the principles of social morality and christian politics elaborated by the theology of the middle ages were replaced by the lay and half-pagan doctrine of Machiavellianism proclaiming the right of the
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