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The Religious Wars
tension had been rising since 1550. An estimated number of about
2,000,000 protestants asserted themselves in the south of France
notably among the urban elite. In 1560, religious crosses in Millau
Duke of Arpajon beheaded Calvinists who cannot be envied with this
chapter of horrors. The hatred was repeatedly inflamed by both sides
and was fuelled by treason. The whole of the Saint Affrique region
was affected. The Convent of Notre-Dame-dčOrient was burned out (Above, a painting of the St. Bartholomew's Day Slaughter
in Paris, a wave of Catholic mob violence against the Huguenots).
It was because of the Protestants that Millau experienced economic prosperity in the XVIII century with the development of the manufacture of leather and skin. Centres of tension. Saint-Severe-du-Moustier, a catholic bastion and priory seat influenced by the Abbey of Vabres was converted to Protestantism during the reformation in 1586 under the power of prior Jacques de Goudon. However, the village resisted for only three days, when confronted by the army of Conde.
took refuge in the church and were spared by Conde. Saint-Severe-du-Moustier
again embraced Catholicism and Rome destroying their fortifications.
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