Edict of Nantes


Henry IV of France.

The Edict of Nantes was a bill issued April 13, 1598 by King Henry IV of France which regulated the, relative, freedom of religion in France for protestants. When King Louis XIV revoked the Edict in 1685 it caused a massive emigration of the Huguenots (French Calvinists) from France to neighboring countries - as Austria, Germany, Holland and England - where they were not prosecuted. Amongst these Huguenots were many skilled craftsmen who soon influenced the arts in their countries of refuge.