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settled as yet.
were wanting, that I thought, it was my Duty Henry II. to inlarge and be more particular upon the first Be- 1559. ginnings, and the first Settlements of that Church, Paul'iv. than upon the rest ; but more of them in the Sequel of this History.
The Church of Saintes, was settled in the year Saintes. 1558, by Claudius de la Bcisfiere, a Gentleman of Dauphine ; and that of St. John d’Angely, by Mr. Lucas Bedoque alias du Mont, of the Country of Breffe ; and that of Marennes by Mr. Marennes. La Fontaine, both in the same year 1558. Though there had been Assemblies and Ministers in those three places for two years before, they were not
M. La Riviere, one of the Ministers of Paris, Troyes. coming from Geneva, took his way by Troyes in Champaign ; he was desired by the Reformed of that City, to preach, which he did with such a success, that, being well disposed, they resolved to settle the true Worship of God amongst them; and to that end, to have a Minister ; and Mr. Girard de Courlieu was sent to them from Geneva, who settled the Church.
The Church of Croisil in Britany was settled Crofil. by M. l'Oiseleur alias de Viliers, by the means and under the protection of the Lord Dandelot, Brother to the Admiral de Coligni in 1558; and the Word of God had such a success, that in four years time, there was ten large and populous Reformed Churches in Britany, to which M. du Fcfle a Minister had much helped.
Messieurs Francis de Bois-Normand and Vig- Nerac. naux, settled the Church of Nerac ; and in general of all the Country lying on each Bank of the Garonn.
They began this year 1558, to settle several Churches, even in the greatest Cities : As also at Coignac in Angoumois, where there happened Coignac.
Henry 11. an odd thing. An Image of our Lady having 1359.
fallen upon the Ground at the Gate of the Great Pope Paul iv. Temple St. Leger, John Moreau, Mathurin
Godart, and John Gourdon were arrested Prisoners upon suspicion ; as also one Peter Arquin, because his Daughter had been baptized in their Asembly the day before, after Sermon.
But Divine Providence ordered things in such a manner, that those Imprisonments were the occasion of the first Liberty, which that Church enjoyed as much as the Circumstances of the Times could bear. The Judge Provost of Coignac, Odet by name, being come to Goal, full of wrath to examine the Prisoners, was fuddenly taken with a Fever, which carried him out of the World eight days after, with great anxiety.
The Prior of St. Quentin, sworn Enemy to the Reformed, having sworn in full Company, with great Blasphemies, that he would spend his all, and even his Life to have the Prisoners burnt alive; was taken suddenly, with a burning Fever, which dispatched him out of the way in three days; at which the Enemies of the Reformed at Coignac were so amazed, that they left them in quiet after that time.
Mr. Vignaux Minister, having planted many Tlaulazife. Churches in Gascony, came to Thoulouse, where
being received by three honest Reformed, he applied to the work of his Ministry with such a wonderful fuccefs, that in a little time he had occafion for two other Ministers; they were Meffieurs Nicholas Folion La Vallée, andCarmietes Parelle, who fertled the Church not only at Thoulouse,
but in several other adjaceat Places (c). Rludes Mr. John de Chevry de la Rive fettled the urd Ville Churches of Rhodez and Ville Franche, besides Frauche.
(1) Deze !!:!. des Egl. Ref. liv. 11. 9.15, &c.
many others in the Country of Rouergue, and Henry II. that of Quercy in the year 1558.
1559. The Church of Chartres, an Episcopal See, Paul Iv.
Pop? and that of the neighbouring Villages were settled by Mr. Bartholomew Coffe, in the year Chartres. . 1559.
At Gyen also there was an Assembly of the Gjen. Reformed, but without a Minister this year 1559.
The Ministers of the Church of Orleans were so diligent and active in the discharge of their Pastoral Functions, that they had occasion this fame year for two Ministers more. They had
Hueftre, Assemblies in several Villages as, Huestre, Pre
and four nanchere, Gidy, Sercotes, Gergeau ; at Baugency others; there was a Church under the Direction of Mr. Baugency, John Bonneau. At Pyviers, Chileurre, Neu- Pyviers,
&c. ville, in short, all the Country round about Or-, leans received the Reformation, and were, at last, provided with Ministers, almost each Church with its own.
At Chatelleraut, James Hamilton, Earl of ChatelleAran, and Duke of Chatelleraut, having obtain- raut. ed a Minister from the Church of Poitiers, he settled a Church in that Town at the beginning
At Soubize, in May 1559, by Mr. Mulot des Soubize. Ruilleaux.
At Pons, about the same time, by Mr. An- Pons. thony Otrand.
At Saujon, in July 1559, by Mr. Ruspeaux. Saujan.
The Isle of Oleron, by Meff. La Fontaine, Olero:a. Leopard, and another Minister of Soubize.
In Provence a Church was settled at Castel- Caficllane. lane, at the earnest request of Anthony and Paul de Richiand, Lords of Mouvans, Gentlemen of great Virtue, whose Name is much celebrated in the History of the first Civil Wars; besides that the Churches of Merindol and Cabriercs had been
Henry II. restored, and others were settled at Marseilles,
1559. Frejus, Sisteron, St. Paul, and in many other Pauliv. Places. The Reformation made such a wonder
ful Progress in that Province, that in March of the next year 1560, there was 60 Churches .
settled (d). Senlis,
There was many more settled, as at Senlis, Sancerre, Sancerre, Corbigni, Tonnens, Nonnay in Vivarez,
Riom, and several others, which I have not mentioned, because I can't find out by whom, nor the time precisely; but which were settled at the time I am speaking of, besides many other Places in the Realm, where those of the Reformed Religion had use to meet together, to pray to God, to read some Chapters of the Bible, and exhort one another to be stedfast; but they had no Ministers nor any other Order of Discipline settled amongst them.
Those, which I have mentioned above, had their Ministers and their Elders, and followed the Difcipline. The Churches met in a National
Synod at Paris in the year 1559, as abovesaid. CV. Such was the State and Condition of the ReFrancis II. formed Church, and the Progress the ReformaHenry II. tion had made in France, when Francis II. fuc
ceeded his Father Henry II. the 11th day of July 1559.
(d) Idem liv. 2.
End of the first Book.
H I STORY
AND OF THE
Reformed CHURCH es in France.
From the 11th of July 1559, to the 5th
of December 1560.
The Contents of this Book. Introduktion. I. Charakter of Catharine de Medi
cis. II. Of Francis II. III. Of Francis Duke of Guise. IV. Of Anthony King of Navarr. V. Of Lewis Prince of Conde, VI. Of Admiral de Coligny. VII. Of Dandelot. VIII. Of Odet Cardinal de Chatillon. IX. Hopes of the Reformed frustrated. X. A new Commission for trying Counsellor Dubourg. XI. His Tryal, Condemnation, Sentence, Execution, and Charailer. XII. The Tryal of the four other Counjellors. (1) Cardinal of Lorrain endeavours to undo them. (2) Melreurs de la Porte, and De
Foix, discharged on certain Conditions. (3) Mr. Du Faur's Tryal. (4) Mr. Fumie's Tryal. (5) Cardinal of Lorrain's Melice against him. (6) President St. Andrew's exceflive Wickedness. (7) Mr. Fumée writes to the Cardinal. (8) He