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Hello, I am having trouble naming the event where 20,000+ French Protestants were killed in the 17th century. Is it the Seige of La Rochelle, 30 years war, or what? Any help would be appreciated, thanks.PhidippidesKeymaster
It appears that this happened at the Siege of La Rochelle. See, for example:
Residents of La Rochelle had resisted for 14 months, under the leadership of the mayor Jean Guitton and with the gradually diminishing help from England. During the siege, the population of La Rochelle decreased from 27,000 to 5,000 due to casualties, famine and disease.
http://tripatlas.com/Siege_of_La_RochelleI believe the Thirty Years' War was more of a German phenomena (though battles may have occurred in France as well).WallyParticipant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bartholomew%27s_Day_massacreTry this one.... 16th century though.DonaldBakerParticipant
Are we talking about the Huegonots?bulldog106Participant
Are we talking about the Huegonots?
Yes. I thought it was the Siege of La Rochelle but different sources tell me the death toll was only 7,000.WallyParticipant
The St. Bartholomew's Day massacre (Massacre de la Saint-Barth?lemy in French) was a wave of Roman Catholic mob violence against the Huguenots (French Calvinist Protestants), during the French Wars of Religion. Traditionally believed to have been instigated by Catherine de' Medici, the mother of King Charles IX, the massacre took place six days after the wedding of the king's sister to the Protestant Henry III of Navarre. This was an occasion for which many of the most wealthy and prominent Huguenots had gathered in largely Catholic Paris. Events began two days after the attempted assassination of Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, a Huguenot military leader. Starting on 24 August 1572 (the feast of Bartholomew the Apostle) with the murder of Coligny, the massacres spread throughout Paris, and later to other cities and the countryside, lasting for several months. The exact number of fatalities is not known, but it has been estimated that over 2,000 Huguenots were killed in Paris and over 3,000 in the French provinces. Though by no means unique, “it was the worst of the century's religious massacres.”  The massacres marked a turning-point in the French Wars of Religion. The Huguenot political movement was crippled by the loss of many of its prominent aristocratic leaders, and those who remained were increasingly radicalized.From my source cited in previous post....PhidippidesKeymaster
Yes. I thought it was the Siege of La Rochelle but different sources tell me the death toll was only 7,000.
So why do you believe the source that tells you it was 20,000? I think it's entirely possible that you could find varying sources giving you different numbers.AethelingParticipant
La Rochelle had become the stronghold of the French Huguenots, under its own governance. It was the centre of Huguenot seapower, and the strongest centre of resistance against the central government. La Rochelle was, at this time, the second or third largest city in France with over 30,000 inhabitants.France was building the power of its Navy, leading the English to be convinced that France must be opposed "for reasons of state".In June 1626, Walter Montagu was sent to France to contact dissident noblemen, and from March 1627 attempted to organize a French rebellion. The plan was to send an English fleet to encourage rebellion, triggering a new Huguenot revolt. Casualties and losses (as clearly seen on the attached document)Siege Army: ? La Rochelle:22,000 killedToiras:500 killed Buckingham: 5,000 killed(sorry to be over 22,000)