23-24 August – Paris, France

One of the worst of the 16th century’s religious massacres began on the eve of the feast of Bartholomew the Apostle.

The French King, Charles IX ordered the killing of a group of Huguenot’s (French Calvinist Protestants). While the initial murders were targeted at the leadership of the Huguenots, the slaughter soon spread throughout Paris and all Huguenots were attacked. The massacre lasted several weeks and expanded outward to other towns and the countryside. Modern estimates put the death toll between 5-30 thousand.