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MASSACRES & ATROCITIES

“THE KILLING SOON SPIRALLED OUT OF CONTROL AND THOUSANDS WERE SLAUGHTERED IN WEEKS OF UNBRIDLED BLOODLETTING”

The French Wars of Religion opened with a massacre of Calvinist worshippers, at Wassy-sur-blaise (or Vassy) in March 1562. There, the retainers of the Duke of Guise first insulted and then attacked a group of Calvinist Protestant Huguenots worshipping. This was the ignition point of the wars but conflict had been building for some time.

Religious tensions between Catholics and

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