Further to my recent post. I’ve been thinking about the curious 17th Century church; Église Réformée de France on the rue de la Préfecture in central Tours and formally the Chapel for the Daughters of the Christian Union.
It has thrown up a number of questions in my mind:
(i) The information panel (left) says the building was erected in 1676 for the bringing back to the Catholic fold widows and daughters of Protestant families. This was nine years before Protestantism was declared illegal in France through the ‘Revocation of the Edict of Nantes’. So, was this an early move by Catholic authorities in Tours? Or, was the Chapel originally built for a different purpose not mentioned in the brief text?
(ii) The Jesuits (Catholic zealots with truly global ambitions) were behind the ‘Revocation of the Edict of Nantes’. Was the Joseph Sain, canon of Tours, mentioned on the plaque, a Jesuit dedicated to the eradication of Protestantism in the Touraine?
(iii) After the ‘Revocation of the Edict of Nantes’ re-education of Protestants was paid for through the confiscation of Protestant property and lands. Was this the case in Tours? One can imagine the armed soldiers of the city arriving after the death of a Protestant father, taking away the women of the house and property being either sold off at knockdown prices or just repossessed (see extract from The Huguenots of France below).
A little more research required over the coming months!