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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

The second war (1567-1568)

In September 1567, the Huguenots, frustrated at the continual violations of the Edict of Pacification, went on the offensive. Under the leadership of Louis de Condé, several hundred gentlemen attempted to abduct the young Charles IX , who was staying in Brie. However, just as the Amboise conspiracy had failed in 1560, the "Surprise of Meaux" also came to nothing. As a result, the royal authority dug in its heels, and entrusted the connétable Anne de Montmorency with waging the second war, which for the most part took place north of the Loire. The only battle of any consequence took place at Saint-Denis on 10 November 1567. The victory by Catholic troops ended the siege of Paris, but the connétable was killed. In keeping with their strategy, Huguenot forces captured several cities, including Tours, Blois, Orléans and Chartres. However, the rude winter, the lack of resources and the balance of power forced the two sides to enter into peace talks, which resulted in the Edict of Paris (incorrectly referred to as the Edict of Longjumeau), which was signed on 23 March 1568.

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Title: The massacre of Nîmes

Massacre of 90 Catholic by the Protestants of Nîmes
© RMN / René-Gabriel Ojéda
Massacre of Catholic nobles by the Protestants of Nîmes.
The massacre of Nîmes (la Michelade), 30 September 1567, engraving by Frans Hogenberg after Tortorel and Perrissin, 16th c. Musée national du château de Pau
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