JCS History 7.11 The Enlightenment and the Age of Reason - France
the doctrine that the right of rule derives directly from God, not from the consent of the people
Edict of Nantes
The Edict of Nantes was issued on 13 April 1598 by Henry IV of France to grant the Calvinist Protestants of France (also known as Huguenots) substantial rights in a nation still considered essentially Catholic
worked to increase the power of the French king over the nobility
Louis XIV of France, the Sun King
(1638-1715) continued the work of his predecessors to create a centralized state governed from the capital in order to sweep away the remnants of feudalism which had persisted in parts of France; ruled by "divine right"
A French Protestant of the 16th and 17th centuries