The Third Huguenot War, 1568-1570

The PEACE OF LONGJUMEAU did not last long; on August 23rd 1568 the Cardinal of Lorraine attempted to have the Huguenot leaders CONDE and COLIGNY abducted; they escaped to La Rochelle. In September 1568 King Charles forbade protestant religious services. Conde and Coligny signed an alliance with WILLIAM OF ORANGE (the Silent), who was engaged in a feud against the King of Spain and his governor in the Netherlands.
Militarily the Huguenots suffered a humiliating defeat in the BATTLE OF JARNAC, where Conde died. Coligny managed to reorganize his troops and retreat to the south. He suffered another defeat at Moncontour (Oct. 3rd 1569). On August 8th 1570 the PEACE OF SAINT-GERMAIN was signed, which recognized 4 Huguenot strongholds : LA ROCHELLE, COGNAC, LA CHARITE, MONTAUBAN.

Timeline France under Charles IX., from Renaissance Amboise, in French
The Wars of Religion, from Le Poulet Gauche
Protestantism in France from the Death of Francis I. (1547) to the Edict of Nantes (1598), from History of Protestantism by J.A. Wylie, 1878; online book
Tragique souvenir du temps passe, from Notices Historiques in French; narrates the coup at Meaux
Troisieme Guerre 1568-1570, from Protestants de Monflanquin sous l"ancien Regime, 1518-1789, in French
REFERENCE David Potter (ed., trsl.) : The French Wars of Religion, Selected Documents, New York : St. Martin's 1997

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First posted on February 2nd 2003, last revised on November 17th 2004

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