Documents – XVIIIe siècle

Le protestantisme est interdit en France jusqu’à la Révolution. La persécution très dure des assemblées clandestines suscite des réactions violentes, comme la guerre des Camisards. A partir de 1715, une Église clandestine se reconstitue peu à peu, on l’appelle «Église du Désert». La persécution continue de façon sporadique pour ceux qui pratiquent au Désert, entraînant condamnations aux galères pour les hommes et emprisonnement pour les femmes. A la fin du siècle, à partir de l’édit de Tolérance (1787) promulgué par Louis XVI et la Révolution, la situation des protestants s’améliore.

Basville's signature
Letter from the Chaila abbot in 1701
List of the camisards called « missing Phanatics » in 1703
Autograph letter of Pierre Laporte, so-called Rolland, camisard leader (1680-1704)
Post-mortem sentence to death of Rolland. He had died in an ambush in 1704
1710 edition of the proceedings of the national Synods of the French Reformed Churches from 1559 to
Signatures of the first Desert pastors: Court, Roger, Cortheiz, Roix, etc.
Letter of a galley rower for his faith
Letter from Marie Durand
Baptismal certificate of Rabaut Saint-Étienne (1774)Cristening certificate of Rabaut Saint Etienne
Leave to allow a protestant wedding in the chapel of an embassy in Paris.
Protestant christening at the chapel of the Danish embassy opposed by the catholics in 1744.
Edict of Tolerance signed by Louis XVI in 1787, granting civil status to the protestants
The Protestant families record marriages and births After the Edict of Tolerance.
Declaration of Human Rights in 1789
Ban regarding the possessions (December,15, 1790)

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