Marie Durand


Marie Durand (c. 1715-1776) stands apart in French Protestant history for her courage in the struggle for freedom of conscience. She was imprisoned for 38 years in the Tower of Constance at Aigues-Mortes in the south of France, liberated in 1768, and returned to her natal village where she died in 1776.

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  • 1598
    Henry IV of France grants religious freedom for French Prostestants with the Edict of Nantes.
  • 1685
    Revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV of France.
  • 1715 - 1776
    Life of Marie Durand, French Protestant, who was imprisoned in the Tower of Constance.
  • 1715
    Antoine Court founds the Church of the Desert.
  • 1730
    Marie Durand is arrested and taken to the Tower of Constance.
  • 1768
    Marie Durand is released from the Tower of Constance after 38 years of captivity.