1572: The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

François Dubois, A masacre de San Bartolomé, painted between 1572-1584 (Public Domain)


On St. Batholomew’s Day in August 1572, royal troops execute the Huguenot leaders attending a wedding in Paris. Mass killings erupt and the violence spreads to the major cities of France. Thousands of Huguenots are killed or mutilated.