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  • HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT CHRISTIANS -
    CONTENTS - BOOK 1


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    HISTORY OF THE VAUDOIS

    — I. The Introduction.

    — II. Showing the Original of the Vaudois.

    — III. of the Religion of the Vaudois of Piedmont.

    — IV. Of the Ecclesiastical Government of the Churches of the Vaudois of Piedmont, and the manners of the Vaudois.

    — V. Of the great calm the Vaudois Churches enjoyed for many ages, and of the first Persecution which succeeded it, by way of Inquisition, from the year 1198, to the year 1400.

    — VI. Of the second Persecution of the Vaudois, by sudden and surprising Massacres, from the year 1400, till 1487, in order to exterminate them.

    — VII. The third Persecution of the Vaudois of Piedmont, in way of crusades; which was made against them by Innocent VIII. in the year 1487, and their condition from that time, till the year 1135.

    — VIII. Of the fourth Persecution of the Vaudois of Piedmont, under Charles I. Duke of Saxony, and Francis I. King of France, by way Of massacre, and of their other sufferings between the years 1535, and 1559.

    — IX. Of the fifth Persecution of the Vaudois of Piedmont, by war and massacres, from the year 1559, and of their sufferings till 1580.

    — X. Of the sixth Persecution of the Vaudois, partly by the savage wars of their Princes, as in the Marquisate of Salluzo; but chiefly by the vexations of the Inquisition, from the year 1580, to the year 1650.

    — XI. Of the seventh Persecution of the Vaudois, by the subtle artifices and diabolical practices of the new Council de Propaganda Fide & Extirpandis Haereticis, established at Turin, 1650.

    — XII. The eighth Persecution of the Vaudois of Piedmont, by the Dutchess of Savoy, and Charles Emanuel her son, by treachery, mas. sacre and war, from the year 1655, till 1662. 1. Of the abominable means that the Marquess of Pianesse made use of to surprise the Vaudois of Piedmont, and to enter into the Valleys, and of the cruel massacre he made of these poor innocents, after his entry, in the year 1651. 2. Of the conjunction of Jayer and Janavel, captains of the Vaudois; and the wonderful exploits they did in the Valleys. 3. Reflections upon the war in the year 1655, and of the ensuing peace made at Pignerol, by the mediation of the Ambassador of France, and the Ambassadors of the Protestant Cantons. 4. Containing the wicked artifices which the enemies of the Vaudois made use of to complete the destruction of those that had escaped the massacre and war of 1655, with the breaking of the peace of Pignerol. — XIII Of the ninth Persecution by massacre and war, made against the Vaudois of Piedmont, in the year 1662, and 1663, by Charles Emanuel, Duke of Savoy. 1. Showing the ill success of the massacres. 2. The second peace made between Charles Emanuel, and the Vaudois, by the mediation of the Protestant Cantons, in the month of February, 1664, which continued till the year 1686, during which time the Vaudois did signal service to the Duke of Savoy.

    BOOK AN ACCOUNT OF THE TENTH PERSECUTION OF THE VAUDOIS, BY LOUIS XIV. KING OF FRANCE, AND VICTOR AMADEUS II. DUKE OF SAVOY; WITH THE PERFIDIOUS TREACHERIES OF THEIR ENEMIES, WHICH WAS THE CAUSE OF THE RUIN AND DISPERSION OF THOSE POOR CHURCHES.

    — I. Wherein is recapitulated their former history; and showing withal, the antiquity of the Vaudois, their original, rights, and conditional submission to the Dukes of Savoy, with the merits of their services; and justifying their conduct, with reference to their defense in the preceding, and the following massacres and wars.

    — II. An entire history both as to its preparations and executions, of the tenth and last Persecution of the Vaudois, in 1686, by the French king, and the Duke of Savoy.

    — III. Containing the just diffidence of a part of the Vaudois, which was the cause of their preservation; their courage and firm resolution to defend themselves, which procured them a safe retreat out of the Duke’s dominions, with letters of safe conduct.

    — IV. Of the ill-treatment of the Vaudois, that had laid down their arms upon the security of the public faith, with a relation of those cruelties that were exercised on them in prisons; and at last of their enlargement, at the entreaty of the Swiss Cantons.

    BOOK AN ACCOUNT OF THEIR WONDERFUL RETURN AND ESTABLISHMENT IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

    I. Of the good reception that the Vaudois of Piedmont, unjustly driven out of their country, received from the Republic of Geneva, and the Protestant Cantons, and Protestant Princes of Germany.

    — II. Of the return of the Vaudois into their own country, of their courage and valor, of the great exploits they did, or rather God did, for their reestablishment in their country.

    — III. Where it is shown, how the King of France and the Duke of Savoy leagued together, to oppose their return, as they had been leagued to drive them out in the year 1686.

    — IV. Of the disunion and discord between the King of France and the Duke of Savoy, which caused the re-establishment of the Vaudois in their own country, by order of their Prince, and of the wonders that God wrought for their re-establishment.

    — V. Of the two Prophecies of the Scripture, accomplished in the history of the Vaudois of Piedmont, the one contained in the 11th chapter, and the other in the 12th chapter of the Revelations.

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