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Le refuge huguenot d'Irlande : un paradis artificiel ? (1680-1720)

Abstract : This thesis is about the story of the french protestants who fled away from France and the revocation of the Nantes edict in 1685. How did they arrive in Ireland and how did they establish a protestant refuge bearly similar to the ones in Dutchland, England and the Holy Empire. Thanks to various sources for this period, such as letters, mémoires and church registers, this thesis tries to demonstrate how politic, from national to international level, influenced the birth of the Irish sanctuary. Then the question of the intentionality remains, and maybe this sanctuary could be completely artificial, created by the collaboration of English and Dutch governments that sized the opportunity of a massive protestant exil out of France. But this thesis goes further than a simple political analyze, the heart of this work resides in the human dimension of the Irish refuge, interrogating about the social composition of the French protestant community. This human-sized look toward the protestant migration is the occasion to understand the horror of Louis XIV repression over huguenots, but also a interesting way to discovers the multiple ways from France to Ireland. Then this thesis could be an occasion to become familiar with the Irish history and geography, unfairly limited to the 19th century, time of the Great Famine and the rising against the British Empire. Finally the interest of this thesis resides in its capacity to introduce an unknown (to French people) protestant refuge, despite that nearly 5.000 to 10.000 huguenots crossed the sea to seek peace and security in the Emerald Island.
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Émilien Robert. Le refuge huguenot d'Irlande : un paradis artificiel ? (1680-1720). Histoire. 2015. ⟨dumas-01266830⟩

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