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King Louis XIV Claims All Protestantism Ended in France

King Louis XIV of France
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King Louis XIV of France claims that he has ended all practice of Protestantism within France. He has been persecuting Protestants for years and the reason seems to be because their very existence is a reminder of that as king, his power isn't quite absolute.

In 1681 King Louis XIV ordered all Protestants in France to convert; emigration wasn't permitted as an alternative. In 1685 he issued the Edict of Fontainebleau which revoked the Edict of Nantes.

French Catholic leaders applaud the persecution and conversion of Protestants, but others find the developments abhorrent — even including Pope Innocent XI.

It won't be until 1787 that equal rights are restored by non-Catholics when King Louis XVI signs the Edict of Versailles, also known as the Edict of Tolerance.

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