There was the one great fundamental mistake of excluding the huguenots, and there were various other important defects.
I opened with that which good Catholics have more than once made to huguenots.
"Car encore que les Catholiques estiment les huguenots estre gens feu, si sont-il toujours mal pourveus de tels instrumens," etc.
The most remarkable of these was the persecution of the huguenots.
It had been respected by Richelieu even in his victory over the huguenots, and only lightly tampered with by Mazarin.
A list of the huguenots in Paris had been prepared and all their houses marked.
The more favorable the treaty shall be to the huguenots, all the smoother will the rope run that is to strangle them.
The Revocation was apparently approved by all, excepting the huguenots.
The huguenots broke into the transept from the bishops garden—and ever since that door has been walled up in disgrace.
If there were any huguenots who had not become Catholics, they remained mute.
1562, from Middle French Huguenot, according to French sources originally political, not religious. The name was applied in 1520s to Genevan partisans opposed to the Duke of Savoy (who joined Geneva to the Swiss Confederation), and it is probably an alteration of Swiss German Eidgenoss "confederate," from Middle High German eitgenoze, from eit "oath" + genoze "comrade" (related to Old English geneat "comrade, companion"). The form of the French word probably altered by association with Hugues Besançon, leader of the Genevan partisans. In France, applied generally to French Protestants because Geneva was a Calvinist center.
French Protestants of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, who were frequently persecuted by the government and by the Roman Catholic Church. For a time, the Edict of Nantes allowed them to practice their religion in certain cities. When the edict was revoked by King Louis xiv in the late seventeenth century, many Huguenots left France. Some emigrated to America.