St Bartholomew's Day Massacre

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(23–24 August 1572)

An event that marked a turning-point in the French Wars of Religion. The Catholic Guise faction prevailed upon Catherine de Medici to authorize an assassination of about 200 of the principal Huguenot leaders. Parisian Catholic mobs used these killings as a pretext for large-scale butchery, until some 3,000 Huguenots lay dead, and thousands more perished in the 12 provincial disturbances that followed.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Literature.

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