oct 22, 1685 - Revocation of the Edict of Nantes
Louis XIV published a new law that ordered the destruction of churches, the closing of schools, the Catholic baptism of Huguenots, and the exile of Huguenot pastors who refused to renounce their faith. Cardinal Richelieu had already deprived Huguenots of political rights, so tens of thousands of craftsmen, soldiers, and businesspeople were executed or forced to flee abroad - this deprived France of their skills and tax revenues and bred international resentment. But Louis considered religious unity was necessary for political security and many aristocrats had long petitioned Louis to crack down on Protestants.
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