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Le protestantisme en Boulonnais (milieu XVIIe siècle - début XXe siècle)

Abstract : Protestantism in Boulogne was and remains up to this day a minority religious phenomenon. The Huguenot presence in the Boulogne region is testified as early as the middle of the XVIth century, in Boulogne proper at first and later on in a certain number of parishes situated south of the city and in the higher Boulogne area. Officers, merchants and tradespeople constituted the major part of a community which owed its survival to the protection of a reformed lower mobility. After nearly vanishing in the wake of the repeal of the Edict of Nantes, Protestantism reappeared in the Boulogne area thanks to the combined action of the Reformed Church of France and of missionaries, mostly English ones, who aimed at reaching essentially the popular classes. The aim of this study is to recapture the way of life of this community and to emphasize the fact that, beyond all differences, Protestantism, whether in the XVIth- XVIIth century or in the XIXth century, provided certain individualities with an opportunity for social ascension and contributed to improve the christianization of the population in the Boulogne area.
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Alain Joblin. Le protestantisme en Boulonnais (milieu XVIIe siècle - début XXe siècle). Revue du Nord, 1992, 74 (295), pp.285-308. ⟨10.3406/rnord.1992.4733⟩. ⟨hal-03698196⟩



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