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In the St. Bartholomew’s Eve massacre of August 24, 1572, some fifteen thousand Protestants were slaughtered in a single night on the orders of the French king Charles IX, following the advice of his mother, Catherine de Medici, and the killing continued across France through October. (For purposes of comparison, the feared Spanish Inquisition is believed to have executed some five thousand people during its centuries of existence.9)
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