24 August 1572 – St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre by François Dubois

Today is the anniversary of a rather bloody day in history, the 1572 St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre which saw an estimated 3,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) massacred in Paris and a further 7,000 outside of the city in the provinces.

Interesting fact: Sir Francis Walsingham was in Paris at the time of the massacre, serving as the English Ambassador at the French Court, and his house was actually used as sanctuary by Protestants including Sir Philip Sidney.

You can read all about this awful day in my article “St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre”.

Also on this day in history…

  • 1553 – Catholic Mass sung at St Paul’s in London

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