Following the discussion re the killing of St Martin Monks at Tours, I thought the following figures re the numbers who died during the French Wars of Religion would be of interest (although somewhat rather macabre!)
- France, Religious Wars, Catholic vs. Huguenot (1562-1598) 3,000,000
- Robert J. Knecht The French Religious Wars, 1562-1598 (2000): Deaths during the wars estimated at 2,000,000 to 4,000,000.
- St. Bartholomew’s Massacre, France (1572):
- Encarta hedges its bets by giving the death toll as 2 to 100 thousand.
- The 15th edition of Britannica (1992) does too: 2 to 70 thousand, although it explains that the low number comes from an unnamed “Catholic apologist”, while the high number comes from a contemporary Huguenot, Duke de Sully
- The 11th edition of Britannica (1911) was more certain: 50,000 in the whole of France
- Davies: 2,000 in Paris
- Catholic Encyclopedia: 2000 in Paris; 6000-8000 nationwide
- Richard Dunn, The Age of Religious Wars 1559-1715: 3,000 k in Paris, 10,000 k in provinces.
- Helen Ellerbe, The Dark Side of Christian History: 10,000
- Fox’s Book of Martyrs, Ch.IV: 10,000 in Paris; 6,000 in Rouen; 100,000 nationwide.
- Motley, Rise of the Dutch Republic: 5,000 k in Paris, 25,000-100,000 nationwide.
- Rummel: 36,000 democides
- Trager, People’s Chronology: 50,000
- MEDIAN: 3,000 in Paris; 36,000 nationwide
Source of the above: 20th Century Atlas