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Huguenots The Huguenots French Protestants became the center of political and religious quarrels in France between 1500 and 1600 Important people such as Anthony King of Navarre Louis I de Bourbon de Conde and Admiral Gaspard de Coligny were Huguenots They were named the Huguenots by the French Roman Catholics The name Huguenots is believed to be from Besancon Hugues a Swiss religious leader The Huguenots were the followers of John Calvins teachings and they belonged to the Reformed Church John Calvin believed that everything revolved around the bible and taught the same to his followers He explained many things in simple ways using his great work Institutes of thee Christian Religion It contained four major divisions Father Son Holy Spirit and Church Using the Institutes he stressed that knowledge of God is the most important of all human crusades Men and women are naturally imperfect and since the fall of Adam and Eve they are unable to know God or escape damnation through personal effort Calvin termed this a destructive situation wherein God has created a good world for people who are destined to be destroyed This impasse was resolved through grace when God sent Jesus to explain how God wants people to achieve righteousness and escape the consequences of damnation Those who learn Biblical truth about this Destructive Situation and Gods plan of redemption through faith in Jesus will have the opportunity to repent of their sinful condition and trust God for deliverance As the Huguenots became a large part of the influential political group in France the Catholic government persecuted them more and more Catherine de Medicis Queen Mother of France had once encouraged the Huguenots but now was in conflict with the Huguenots over their rising power Catherine with her ruthless tactics planned with the help of Duke of Guise a massacre of Huguenots So it was determined to exterminate all the Protestants and the plan
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