About The Huguenots
Huguenot (pronounced hyu-ga-no) was the name given to a French person who practised the Protestant religion. It dates from the mid 16th century, when the religion was becoming more popular in Europe.
What is the Protestant religion?
A Protestant is a type of Christian who does not support the Roman Catholic Church and its way of doing things. The name dates from 1517, when a German monk called Martin Luther wanted to reform the Roman Catholic Church. Why? He thought it was corrupt and he objected to the many rituals and beliefs. An influential French pastor, John Calvin, widely promoted the growth of this new religion, called Protestantism. It spread quickly across Northern Europe – from present-day Germany, to the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, France, England and Ireland. Soon there were over 1 million Protestants in France.