A History of the Huguenots by W. Carlos Martyn

The American Tract Society 1866

This is an excellent and inspiring account of the Huguenots, the French Calvinists. Calvin was a Frenchman and his reformation in the French speaking Swiss city of Geneva had a profound impact on his homeland. Until it was extirpated in blood in the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre and buried under the persecutions that overwhelmed the French Calvinists after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the reformation in France was of a power, purity, and popularity, that the whole nation would have become Reformed. The story of these heroic Christians and their struggles for the faith is an edifying exercise for those who desire to know more of their spiritual heritage.

The book starts with the history of pre-Reformation France covering the earlier reform movements  of the Vaudois, and Cathars, etc. This less well known and fascinating part of history is a valuable addition to this work.

The book has thirty-six chapters. They are concise, relatively short, and very readable. To avoid having thirty-six web-pages, rather than as have been our practice of having a web-page for each chapter, the chapters have been grouped in sections by subject matter.