No matter what religion you belong to, Esteemed Readers, it is impossible to comprehend the historical processes that happened in Europe before the French Revolution without penetrating into the subject of the Catholic-Protestant conflict. Unfortunately, the majority of historians, especially modern ones, are rather ignorant in this topic or do not pay much attention to its importance. As a result they lead you in secular directions, that do not allow to comprehend the sense of most historical problems.
So, the 17th century France was a Catholic state and it was surrounded with a great number of Protestant countries or those who supported this religious current. For us, modern people of the Hi-Tech Age, living in the age of Progress and a total atheism, there is no big difference between the Catholicism and the Protestantism…While, in fact, there is. If people of the 17th century traveled into our Time, they would be really surprised with our tolerance and indifference in the Faith questions.
Catholicism has always been presented as the authentic Christian doctrine and the image of the True Faith. The Bible and all the writings of Saints are based on it. It is a pure version of Christianity the European world knew before Martin Luther. His teachings exploded the Christian world as they were far more than a philosophical discusssion. They perverted the meaning of main Christian postulates, mocked at the Pope and prejudiced the existing Christian order. Luther’s goal was obvious: to poison human minds and to make the schism. With this purpose he did an incredible thing: made the religion accessible to common people by translating the Bible and performings rites in the vulgar tongue. Jean Calvin was one of the most authoritative follower of the Reformation, who had a serious impact in France, his homeland.
For sure, followers of this religious current, that brought nothing new into the world, besides cruel religious conflicts, were regarded by the true Christians as heretics and enemies of the True Faith, that is of God. They were even more dangerous than arabs with their Islam, as they indeed underminded the Christianity all over Europe. In April 1598 the king Henri IV signed l’Edit de Nantes, (I will tell about it more in the next post), which provided unlimited freedoms to the Protestants, thus it gave them a right to establish their religion in the kingdom. It was a serious mistake and caused great deal of negative consequences Cardinal de Richelieu and Louis XIII had to face.
The Protestant problem remained of high importance at the reign of Louis XIV too, but constant wars did not allow His Majesty settle it until 1685 when he finally revoked l’Edit de Nantes.
And now let’s examine the European countries around France and their leaders. Most of them were Protestants who regarded Louis XIV as an agressor, a heretic and a Catholic who was worth of death. And they desired to eliminate him and to destory his own kingdom by all means. It is a human goal, is not it? They were great anthagonists of the True Faith and they wished to impose thier new religion which corrupted the Scripture and challenged God Himself. How much this historical picture remains of the present time. The only difference is that at present Protestantism is called Democracy.
Vive le Roy! 🙂