Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Huguenots


"My tale is soon told--I was introduced into the castle of Avenel to
be page to the lady of the mansion."

"She is a strict Huguenot, is she not?" said the maiden.

"As strict as Calvin himself. But my grandmother can play the puritan
when it suits her purpose, and she had some plan of her own, for
quartering me in the Castle--it would have failed, however, after we
had remained several weeks at the hamlet, but for an unexpected master
of ceremonies--"

Scott’s Lady of Avenel, in “The Abbot”, is described as a Huguenot by hero Roland Graeme.  The novel’s time span is July 1567 to May 1568, or roughly five to six years after Catherine de Medici, acting as regent of France, officially recognized the Huguenots under the Edict of Saint Germain.  John Calvin himself died in 1564, and had begun his reform work in the 1530’s.  Catherine de Medici’s decree was dated January 17, 1562. 

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