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2020 UPDATE to The 2012 Register of Approved Huguenot Ancestors, Fifth Ed. 2012 and The 2016 Consolidated Update (2020). The 70-page 2020 UPDATE is a supplement to The National Huguenot Society’s previously published Register of Qualified Huguenot Ancestors of The National Huguenot Society Fifth Edition 2012 and the Consolidated Update 2016. 573 pages, soft cover, indexed. Price: $22.00 postpaid for members, $26.00 postpaid for non-members. Read more…


2016 Consolidated Update to Register of Qualified Huguenot Ancestors of The National Huguenot Society Fifth Edition, 2012. The 2016 Consolidated Update is a supplement to The National Huguenot Society’s previously published Register of Qualified Huguenot Ancestors of the National Huguenot Society, Fifth Edition 2012. This consolidated update – meant to be used for genealogical research in conjunction with the 2012 publication – contains new and corrected lineage information received in 2013, 2014, and 2015 that is not included in the base publication. Price: $18.00 postpaid for members, and $21 .00 postpaid for non-members. Read more…


Register of Qualified Huguenot Ancestors of The National Huguenot Society, Fifth Edition 2012. Compiled by Jeannine Sheldon Kallal. The National Huguenot Society, Inc., 2012. Identifies more than 600 Huguenot ancestors with brief biographical sketches and provides at least two generations of each ancestors’ descendants. By listing the proven ancestors whose descendants have joined The National Huguenot Society over the years the Register of Qualified Huguenot Ancestors of The National Huguenot Society, Fifth Edition 2012 is more than a mere reference book; it is potentially the go-to source of Huguenot genealogical data available today in America. 573 pages, soft cover, indexed. Price: $60.00 postpaid for members, $70.00 postpaid for non-members. Read more…


GUIDELINES For Celebrating the Traditions of The National Huguenot Society. By Mary Margaret Buck and Janice Murphy Lorenz (2019). This 56-page handbook is useful for conducting Huguenot meetings and social events. It describes some basic Huguenot traditions and ceremonies honoring our French Protestant ancestors for the sacrifices they made for our country and for the right to exercise freedom of conscience in America. $14.00 postpaid.


Edict of Nantes: Five Essays, and A New Translation. Edited by Richard L. Goodbar. The National Huguenot Society, 1998.   Contains scholarly essays by renowed historians on the significance of the Edict of Nantes, and a new English translation of the full document.   84 pages and 7 illustrations, soft cover, bound.   Price: $20.00 postpaid.

The Edict of Nantes
Five Essays and A New Translation

About the Book

Edict of NantesThe Edict of Nantes, formally signed by Henri IV on April 13, 1598, was one of the most far- reaching, significant acts of religious tolerance in history. Ending the French “Wars of Religion”, it gave hope and varying degrees of protection to the Huguenots. Yet that document – far from being perfect – had many weaknesses. Every concession to the Huguenot “heretics” was viewed by Catholics as threatening their faith and majority status in the population, and every concession to the Catholics was interpreted as another attempt to eradicate the Huguenots in France. Throughout the negotiations Henri IV attempted to appease both Catholics and Huguenots, while keeping an eye on the pope, Spain, England, and other European powers.

Five Essays and A New Translation, published by The National Huguenot Society and edited by Richard L. Goodbar, Chairman of the Committee on Publications, provides new and unique insights into the Edict’s most complex provisions. This book features articles written by five internationally renowned historians and scholars specializing in French history. Based upon study of the original source materials, these authors seek to examine and explain the Edict within the volatile political, military, and religious climate which existed at the time.

In addition, this publication contains a new translation of the Edict of Nantes, including its secret articles and brevets, which was undertaken exclusively for this book. This translation by Dr. Jotham Parsons is, by itself, over 28 pages in length, and well worth the price of the book.

This publication is a 8″x10″ softcover book containing 84 pages and 7 illustrations. It is available only through The National Huguenot Society. Price: $20.00 postpaid.

About the Authors
Barbara B. Diefendorf, professor of history at Boston University, has written many articles on French history which have been published in scholarly journals. Her two most recent books are Beneath the Cross: Catholics and Huguenots in Sixteenth-Century Paris, and Paris City Councillors in the Sixteenth Century: The Politics of Patrimony. She has also edited with Carla Hesse Culture and Identity in Early Modern Europe (1500-1800). During the fall 1997 term she was a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
Mack P. Holt, an associate professor of history at George Mason University, won The National Huguenot Society book prize in 1987 for his work entitled The Duke of Anjou and Politique Struggle During the Wars of Religion. In addition to authoring numerous articles, he has written The French Wars of Religion, 1562-1629, and edited Society and Institutions in Early Modern France. He is editor of a multi-authored text for students, The Short Oxford History of France, 1500-1650, which was published in 1999.
Elizabeth Labrousse, philosopher and historian, is doyenne of French Protestant studies. After a career of research at the Centre National de Recherches Scientifiques (her major books are on Pierre Bayle’s thought), she has continued to study and reflect on the relations between Protestantism and French cultural, social, and political history.

Jotham Parsons, who earned his Ph.D. in 1997 from The Johns Hopkins University, is visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware. Gallicanism and its context in legal and religious culture in Paris around 1600 has been his major research interest.

J. H. M. Salmon, now retired, has been professor of history at the University of New South Wales, professor of history and dean of humanities at Waikato University, and the Marjorie Walter Goodhart professor of history at Bryn Mawr College. His many writings include: (1) The French Wars in English Political Thought; (2) Cardinal de Retz: The Anatomy of a Conspirator; (3) Society in Crisis: France in the Sixteenth Century; (4) Renaissance and Revolt: Essays in the Intellectual and Social History of Early Modern France; and (5) numerous articles on a wide range of subjects.

Michael Wolfe, associate professor of history and head of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University at Altoona, has written The Conversion of Henry IV: Politics, Power, and Religious Belief in Early Modern France, edited Changing Identities in Early Modern France, and co-edited books relating to the European medieval period. He is also the author of many articles and essays, a translator of books and articles from French into English, and a prolific reviewer of works that primarily concern French history.

Excerpts From Included Essays

For the next four years, Henri IV doggedly deferred any definitive resolution of this quandary (conversion to Catholicism) for fear it might wreck the precarious coalition of Huguenots and Catholics who fought for him. . . . Therefore, as a Leaguer Estates General met in Paris in the spring of 1593 to contemplate the election of a new king, Henri IV finally realized that the moment of decision was at hand. On June 25th, after several months of careful instruction, Henri IV formally abjured Calvinism and reconverted to Catholicism at the abbey church of Saint Denis. While this momentous act in time allowed the Catholic Leaguers to accept him as their king, it caused great distress in the Huguenot community at large.
Michael Wolfe, “The Edict of Nantes: French Origins and European Impacts”

The clause in the edict allowing Protestants access to offices proved a particular sticking point, especially when it came to the mandatory appointment of Huguenot magistrates to the chambres mi-parties. The edict originally intended that ten Catholic and six Protestant judges should sit in the proposed chamber of the Parlement of Paris to adjudicate disputes involving both faiths. In face of criticism, the king (Henri IV) was obliged to reduce Huguenot representation to one. In the provincial parlements, however, the proportion remained closer to parity.
J. H. M. Salmon, “Opposition to the Edict of Nantes”

Although the parlements did eventually give into the royal will, it was a very grudging acceptance. The Parlement of Paris registered it (the Edict of Nantes) on 25 February 1599, just two weeks after its delegation’s visit to the Louvre. The provincial parlements were more recalcitrant, raising further objections and delaying for as long as possible. The edict was not registered in the Parlement of Grenoble until September 1599, while the Parlements of Dijon and Toulouse held out until January 1600 and the Parlements of Aix and Rennes until August 1600. Finally, the Parlement of Rouen steadfastly refused to register the Edict of Nantes in its entirety until August 1609, a full ten years after it was first promulgated. Like many Catholics, all the parlements feared that the temporary religious co-existance afforded the Huguenots by the peace would allow them to regroup and eventually to advance the Calvinist cause anew, especially since the edict allowed them to remain armed and in control of so many fortified towns.
Mack P. Holt, “The Memory of All Things Past: Provisions of the Edict of Nantes (1598)”

The terms of the Edict of Nantes could quite easily become realities because, while still vexing to the two ardent but marginal camps with their exclusive beliefs, it benefited in the long run the two rival religious confessions by bringing security for the majority of the population. Indeed, the edict brought about the return of all property to the Roman Catholic Church that had been confiscated by the Protestants, especially in the south, and it re-established all over the kingdom the dense network of Catholic parishes. In addition, all the king’s subjects, including the Protestants, were required to pay the traditional parish tithe, or dîmes, to the Catholic clergy. In turn, the establishment of Reformed Church “exercises” in temples (because the term church was reserved for the Catholic majority) could not be erected just anywhere, but were restricted to about a thousand towns, villages, and castles.
Elizabeth Labrousse, “Reflections on the Edict of Nantes”

I want to conclude, however, in stressing the magnitude of this achievement (the Edict of Nantes). When we recognize the power of the forces still working against a religious settlement, we can better understand that we must celebrate even the limited and grudging toleration mandated by the Edict of Nantes. It allowed the Huguenot communities a necessary respite, a period of time whose very uncertainty encouraged them to nurture deeply those religious values and traditions that permitted the Reformed Church’s survival through the years under the cross.
Barbara B. Diefendorf, “The failure of Peace Before Nantes”



Huguenot Historic Sites and Burials (Vol. I). Compiled by Mrs. John A. Dunaway. The National Huguenot Society, 2001.   Contains information on locations of burial of original Huguenot immigrants and on historic Huguenot sites in the United States.   50 pages with illustrations, hard cover.   Price: $12.50 postpaid.

About the Book

Historic Sites and BurialsThe publication of Huguenot Historic Sites and Burials has been a dream of the 1999-2001 President General and officers of The National Huguenot Society. That dream has now become a reality.

Members of the Society have provided information on their original Huguenot immigrant ancestor who came to America, including known birth and death dates, burial location, and location of the cemetery. Many individuals have provided pictures of headstones and burial sites as they appear today.

The location of known Huguenot historic sites in the United States are listed and described in Section Two of the book.

This beautifully bound 50-page hardcover publication measures 6 1/4″ x 9 3/8″ in size, and contains an index organized by state of the cemeteries and historic sites it references. Published exclusively by The National Huguenot Society, this book is a must for any student of Huguenot history.

Price is $12.50 postpaid.

Newspaper Review

Well-known genealogist Kenneth H. Thomas Jr. reviewed this publication in his column titled “Genealogy” published in the Sunday, June 24th, 2001, edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It reads in part:

“This slim volume lists, in part one, grave locations (and some descendants) both known and unknown of ancestors of their members, including Jean Pierre Bondurant; Dr. Pierre Captain; Philip Delano (ancestor of FDR); Gideon Macon; Andre Rembert (my own ancestor); Valentine Sevier (ancestor of Gov. Sevier of Tennessee); and John Vivion (ancestor of the Howards of Columbus, Ga.), among others.The second part illustrates historic sites associated with the Huguenots including many South Carolina places such as Goose Creek and Purrysburg, and Manakintowne in Virginia.

It’s a good synopsis of important Huguenot information.”


Huguenot Lineage Research: A Bibliography Based on Migration Routes. Compiled by Melford S. Dickerson, MD. Austin, Texas 1996.  Contains many maps and locations of research materials for the Huguenot genealogist, and truly a fine guide for Huguenot research. 82 pages, soft cover. Price: $20.00 postpaid.


Louise Moillon: Seventeenth Century Still-Life Artist, An Illustrated Biography. by Helen Chastain Sowa. Chicago: Chateau Publishing, Inc., 1998.  This work brings long overdue attention to a major artist who achieved remarkable fame during the 17th century when accomplished women artists were a rarity. Price: $29.95 for non-members  Just reduced. Now $15.00 postpaid.

Reviewed by Richard L. Goodbar
Originally published in the February 1999 issue of The Cross of Languedoc

About the Book

This book on Louise Moillon is a labor of love. Helen Chastain Sowa’s fine volume benefits art devotees and gives us as Huguenots additional reasons to be proud of our ancestry and heritage. Mrs. Sowa’s biography of Louise Moillon brings long overdue attention to a major artist, who achieved remarkable fame during the 17th century when accomplished women artists were a rarity.

Mrs. Sowa has literally combed the holdings of museums in America and Europe in order to locate paintings by Mme. Moillon, discovering them in leading museums of the United States, France, Sweden, Germany, Spain, and England. During the artist’s lifetime, King Louis XIII of France and Charles I of England owned Mme. Moillon’s paintings. Today, Queen Elizabeth II of England has been reported to have four in her collection. Christie’s of London sold one of her paintings in 1991 for £250,000 ($415,000).

The book traces Louise’s life from the time she was born into a family of artists in 1610. Even as a young girl, Louise showed remarkable ability to draw and paint. Her father, a well known artist of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits, gave Louise her first lessons. He died when she was ten. Her mother remarried and again it was to an artist, who became Louise’s second teacher. She sold her first painting when she was 19.

The book’s value is considerably enhanced with 13 outstanding full-colored reproductions of her paintings and one black and white.

Mrs. Sowa, a native of Kentucky, attended Indiana University and Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. She was a patron of the arts and long-time member of The Art Institute of Chicago.

The special just reduced price for this beautiful book is now $15.00 postpaid.