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Pierre Chastain, Huguenot, My 8th Great-Grandfather. Pierre Chastain was born in 1659 near the village of Charost in central France. His parents were Estienne and Jeanne (Laurent) Chastain. After King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, Pierre, his wife Susanne (Renaud), and their five children fled France, eventually settling in England. From there, Pierre helped gather a group of Huguenots to colonize Virginia.

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The Edict of Nantes, issued on 13 April 1598, by Henry IV of France, granted the Calvinist Protestants of France (also known as Huguenots) substantial rights in a nation still considered essentially Catholic. In the Edict, Henry aimed primarily to promote civil unity.[1] The Edict separated civil from religious unity, treated some Protestants for the first time as more than mere schismatics and heretics, and opened a path for secularism and tolerance.

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27 février 1594 - Henri IV est sacré à Chartres - Au début de 1594, Henri IV assiège avec succès Dreux puis il est sacré le 27 fév 1594 en la cathédrale de Chartres: il est l'un des 3 roi de France sacrés ailleurs qu'à Reims ou Paris, qui étaient en effet tenus par la Ligue.

Edict of Nantes: issued on 30 April 1598, Henry IV wanted to heal the religious divisions that had torn France apart so in 1598 he issued this edict as a compromise between Catholics and Huguenots. This edict allowed Protestants the right to worship in 150 Protestant towns throughout France; the king gave the towns 180,000 ecus to support the maintenance of their military garrisons.

Simon De Charmes was a French refugee who came to settle in London in 1688. This was due to the overturning of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 by King Louis XIV of France. He found work as a freeman for the London Clockmaker’s Company in 1691, around when he made this piece. His skill brought him great wealth and success as a watch maker, with him opening his own shop. He was active from 1688-1730, with examples of his classic work only now found in museums or private collections.

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Huguenot stamp~my Ancestors. Andre Picon & Ester Jeanne Bonneau left La Rochelle, France during the Edict of Nantes. Arriving in Scotland then to Ireland. Andre Picon held a position in the Court of King Louis XIV (King of France) : Revocation of the Edict of Nantes

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NTK 3 Political Event 2- Henry IV issued the Edict of Nantes in 1598. Henry IV issued this edict because he realized that as a protestant he would never be accepted by Catholic France. Therefore, he converted from Protestantism to Catholicism. This edict recognized Catholicism as the official religion of France. It gave the Huguenots (French Protestants) the right to worship and enjoy all political privileges.