Was St. Bartholomew's Day massacre 1572, in one location or all across France?
- MoriartyLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
The Roman Catholic massacre of the Protestant Huguenots spread to several cities around France over a series of weeks.
Originally a plan set up by Catherine De Medici to exterminate the Huguenot leadership when they all came to Paris to celebrate the wedding of her own daughter, Marguerite de Valois, to the Huguenot, Henry of Navarre.
On the morning of 24th August 1572 those Huguenot leaders were killed and the violence spilled into the streets of Paris where other Protestant Huguenots were dragged from their beds and slaughtered, with their homes and shops pillaged. The bloodshed continued despite royal orders to stop and it spread to the provinces.
Huguenots in Bordeaux, Lyon, Rouen, Borges and Orleans were also massacred into October. The number of dead has been put at 2000 (by a Roman Catholic apologist) to 70,000 (by a contemporary Huguenot, Maximilien de Bethune). The only accurate number of deaths recorded were in Paris which numbered over 3000 alone.