Huguenot Networks, 1560–1780: The Interactions and Impact of a Protestant Minority in Europe, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Huguenot Networks, 1560–1780

The Interactions and Impact of a Protestant Minority in Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Vivienne Larminie


234 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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These chapters explore how a religious minority not only gained a toehold in countries of exile, but also wove itself into their political, social, and religious fabric. The way for the refugees’ departure from France was prepared through correspondence and the cultivation of commercial, military, scholarly and familial ties. On arrival at their destinations immigrants exploited contacts made by compatriots and co-religionists who had preceded them to find employment. London, a hub for the “Protestant international” from the reign of Elizabeth I, provided openings for tutors and journalists. Huguenot financial skills were at the heart of the early Bank of England; Huguenot reporting disseminated unprecedented information on the workings of the Westminster Parliament; Huguenot networks became entwined with English political factions. Webs of connection were transplanted and reconfigured in Ireland. With their education and international contacts, refugees were indispensable as diplomats to Protestant rulers in northern Europe. They operated monetary transfers across borders and as fund-raisers, helped alleviate the plight of persecuted co-religionists. Meanwhile, French ministers in London attempted to hold together an exceptionally large community of incomers against heresy and the temptations of assimilation. This is a story of refugee networks perpetuated, but also interpenetrated and remade.

Table of Contents


[Vivienne Larminie]

1. Thinking with Calvinist Networks: From the “Calvinist International” to the “Venice Affair” (1608–1610)

[Mark Greengrass]

2. London, Nerve Centre of the Huguenot Diplomatic Network in the Later Sixteenth Century

[Hugues Daussy]

3. The Herbert Connection, the French Church and Westminster Politics, 1643–1661

[Vivienne Larminie]

4. Abel Boyer and Other Huguenot Reporters of Parliament: Hansard avant la lettre?

[Charles G. D. Littleton]

5. Information Professionals: Huguenot Diplomats in Later Stuart London and Their European Context

[Michael Schaich]

6. Overcoming the Conformist/Nonconformist Divide: Huguenot Networking in Later Stuart London

[Robin Gwynn]

7. Choosing the Path to Exile: Networks, Destinations and Determinants

[Yves Krumenacker]

8. Alexandre Sasserie of Paris, London and Thorpe-le-Soken: A Man of Trust in the Refuge

[Barbara Julien]

9. Huguenot and Nonconformist Networks: Philip Dupont in Late Stuart Suffolk

[Philippa Woodcock]

10. West Coast Connections: The Correspondence Network of Élie Bouhéreau of La Rochelle

[Ruth Whelan]

11. Financial Networks and the Payment of Military Pensions, 1692–1720

[Marie Léoutre]

12. The Early Huguenot Community of Dublin and Its Networks

[Jane McKee]

13. English Relief Activities for Continental Protestants in the Eighteenth Century: Perpetuating Religious Networks in the Age of Reason

[Sugiko Nishikawa]

About the Editor

Vivienne Larminie is a senior research fellow (1640–1660 section) at the History of Parliament Trust, London.

About the Series

Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650-1750

Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650-1750 Focusing on the years between the end of the Thirty Years' War and the end of the War of the Austrian Succession, this series seeks to broaden scholarly knowledge of this crucial period that witnessed the solidification of Europe into centralized nation states and created a recognizably modern political map. Bridging the gap between the early modern period of the Reformation and the eighteenth century of colonial expansion and industrial revolution, these years provide a fascinating era of study in which nationalism, political dogma, economic advantage, scientific development, cultural and artistic interests and strategic concerns began to compete with religion as the driving force of European relations and national foreign policies. The period under investigation, the second half of the seventeenth century and the first half of the eighteenth, corresponds with the decline of Spanish power and the rise of French hegemony that was only to be finally broken following the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. This shifting political power base presented opportunities and dangers for many countries, resulting in numerous alliances between formerly hostile nations attempting to consolidate or increase their international influence, or restrain that of a rival. These contests of power were closely bound up with political, cultural and economic issues: particularly the strains of state building, trade competition, religious tension and toleration, accommodating flows of migrants and refugees, the birth pangs of rival absolutist and representative systems of government, radical structures of credit, and new ways in which wider publics interacted with authority. Despite this being a formative period in the formation of the European landscape, there has been relatively little research on it compared to the earlier Reformation, and the later revolutionary eras. By providing a forum that encourages scholars to engage with the forces that were shaping the continent - either in a particular country, or taking a trans-national or comparative approach - it is hoped a greater understanding of this pivotal era will be forthcoming.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century