Edict of grace of Alès

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The edict of grace of Alès was a treaty promulgated by Cardinal Richelieu on June 28, 1629 after the final military defeat of the Huguenots in La Rochelle in 1628 , which regulated the principles of the dealings of absolutist France with the Huguenots for the next forty years.

All security places previously granted in the Edict of Nantes have been lifted. The Protestant armies were disbanded and their fortifications razed. Political power was taken from the Huguenots by the edict of grace. National church meetings ( synods ) of the Huguenots could only take place with the consent of the king. The political defeat of the Huguenots was not used for forced conversions, the existence of Protestants on French soil was tolerated (hence the name of the edict of grace).

The Edict of Fontainebleau of 1685 changed this too.


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