Francis I of France
Francis I of France issued the EDICT OF COUCY on July 16, 1535,
ending the persecution of
Protestants that followed
Nicolas Cop 's
speech on November 1, 1533 calling for reform in the
Catholic Church ,
and the provocative placards that were posted almost a year later in
Paris and elsewhere, attacking the Mass as a blasphemy . Backed by the
king, some dissenters were jailed, twenty-four were executed, and over
seventy fled, including Cop and his friend
John Calvin .
The EDICT OF COUCY freed all of the jailed, and offered amnesty to
the exiles. The "Sacramentarians", who held to
Zwingli 's view of the
Eucharist (which had appeared on the placards), were included only if
they would repudiate their anti-Romanist views. Francis sought by the
edict to assuage the anger of some German Protestant princes with whom
he was attempting to form an alliance, which ultimately failed. Even
so, he extended pardon to the Sacramentarians in 1536.
Andrew Pettegree (2000). The Reformation World. Routledge. p. 217.
ISBN 978-0-415-16357-6 .
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