Visual Timeline: French Wars of Religion

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1534 CE: Affair of the Placards; anti-Catholic posters appear throughout France, increasing religious tensions.
 
 
1545 CE: Massacre of Merindol; Protestants slaughtered by Catholics.
 
 
1560 CE: Amboise Conspiracy; Protestant plot to kidnap Francois II uncovered and Protestants executed.
 
 
1562 CE - 1598 CE: French Wars of Religion fought between Catholic and Protestant factions in France.
 
 
1562 CE - 1563 CE: First French War of Religion.
 
 
1562 CE: Massacre of Vassy; Catholics slaughter Protestants, start of French Wars of Religion.
 
 
1567 CE - 1568 CE: Second French War of Religion.
 
 
1568 CE - 1570 CE: Third French War of Religion.
 
 
1572 CE - 1573 CE: Fourth French War of Religion.
 
 
1574 CE - 1576 CE: Fifth French War of Religion.
 
 
1576 CE - 1577 CE: Sixth French War of Religion.
 
 
1579 CE - 1580 CE: Seventh French War of Religion.
 
 
1585 CE - 1589 CE: Eighth French War of Religion (War of the Three Henrys).
 
 
1589 CE - 1598 CE: Hostilities continue between Catholic and Protestant factions in France until Henry IV converts to Catholicism and issued the Edict of Nantes, officially ending the French Wars of Religion.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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