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History - 3. Huguenots in France
1. How the Huguenots got their name
The Reform Movement in France
After 1517 when Luther fixed his ninety-five theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, his ideas spread rapidly throughout France.
The reform movement in France was headed by the humanist Faber Stapulensis (1455-1536), the bishop of Meaux Guillaume Briconnet (1470-1534), and Gulliaume Farel (1489-1565), who originated from Gap in the Dauphiné.
Luthériens and Bibliens
Known as "luthériens" or "bibliens" those Frenchmen desiring reform had no strong leader while the crown adhered to the Catholic faith.
Both Francis I (1515-1547) and Henry II (1547-1559) persecuted the supporters of the Reformation as heretics, with the result that they remained a minority.
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