Huguenot is a term of uncertain origins used to name Protestants in France. Luther’s ideas achieved a diffuse interest and support in French universities and seminaries from the 1520 to 1530s, but following the publication of Calvin’s Institutio Christianae religionisfirst (1536, with later elaborated editions) French Protestantism became progressively Calvinist. Vigorously prosecuted by the Roman Catholic establishment around Paris, the Huguenots tended to achieve dominance the further from Paris one went: in the south-east (the Dauphiné around Grenoble), the Languedoc, the west (Poitou) and south-west (Guyenne, Bearn). It was in particular supported by the great noble families of Coligny, Condé and Bourbon who were …
Editors. "Huguenots in France". The Literary Encyclopedia.
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