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From the Memoirs of

Jean Martielhe

The Huguenot Galley Slaves

As included in a history of the French Protestants by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735), Published Originally in French (1759). Edited and abridged by Rev. Christian G. Barth, D.D. (1799-1862).

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The captivating true story of Jean Martielhe, who, at sixteen, was forced to flee home and country in search of religious freedom. In the year 1700, a fresh revival of persecution against the Huguenots was storming across southern France under the command of the Duke de la Force.

King Louis XIV had issued the infamous “Revocation of the Edict of Nantes” in 1685 and 15 years later, still finding no end to the number of adherents to the Reformed faith, unleashed yet another wave of dragoonades in a determined effort to abolish Protestantism and unite France under Pope, creed, and King. Bibles were burned, children were taken from their parents, conversions were forced by every means, and the citizens were subjected to outrages, torture, and death. Such an unbridled fury against the Protestants excited an exodus of France’s most productive and pious citizens, and no further threat of penalty, imprisonment, slavery for life, torture, or execution, could stop it.

Follow our young Christian as he perseveres through imprisonments,

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PREFACE. .................................................... 5.

CHAPTER 1. Introductory ............................... 7.

CHAPTER 2. The Flight ................................. 10.

CHAPTER 3. The Imprisonment ..................... 18.

CHAPTER 4. The Second Imprisonment ......... 26.

CHAPTER 5. The Third Captivity ..................... 41.

CHAPTER 6. The Galleys at Dunkirk ............. 46.

CHAPTER 7. The Journey to Marseilles .......... 61.

CHAPTER 8. The Deliverance ........................ 65.

Concluding Remarks ................................... 79.

attempts to bring him to renounce his faith, and ultimately his enslavement on the French Royal Galleys.

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The captivating true story of Jean Martielhe, who, at sixteen, was forced to flee home and country in search of religious freedom. In the year 1700, a fresh revival of persecution against the Huguenots was storming across southern France under the command of the Duke de la Force.

King Louis XIV had issued the infamous “Revocation of the Edict of Nantes” in 1685 and 15 years later, still finding no end to the number of adherents to the Reformed faith, unleashed yet another wave of dragoonades in a determined effort to abolish Protestantism and unite France under Pope, creed, and King. Bibles were burned, children were taken from their parents, conversions were forced by every means, and the citizens were subjected to outrages, torture, and death. Such an unbridled fury against the Protestants excited an exodus of France’s most productive and pious citizens, and no further threat of penalty, imprisonment, slavery for life, torture, or execution, could stop it.

Follow our young Christian as he perseveres through imprisonments, attempts to bring him to renounce his faith, and ultimately his enslavement on the French Royal Galleys.

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"I fled from my father’s house before the Dragoons entered. It was in October, 1700 that I left my home, being at that time about sixteen years of age. I was young indeed to be exposed to such perils, with scarcely sufficient prudence and experience to extricate myself from them. Could I hope to elude the vigilance of the soldiers who occupied all parts of the town? Nevertheless, by God’s goodness, I was enabled to effect my escape. Accompanied by a young friend, I fled at night without being observed and, pursuing our journey through a forest, we found ourselves the next morning at Mussidan, a small town which lies about three leagues distant from Bergerac. From there we resolved, in spite of any obstacles that might arise, to continue our journey to Holland. We solemnly committed ourselves to the protection of God and resigned ourselves to his will in all the dangers that might await us. And we determined by his grace not to look back, as Lot’s wife did, but to abide steadfastly in the profession of the true faith, although we might be sentenced to death or to hard labor in the Galleys on account of that faith."

"We became so thin and weak that we could scarcely hold ourselves upright. A little damp straw full of vermin was our only couch, and yet even on this we were glad to rest. And happily it was near the door or we would never have been able to reach our food, which was thrown to us as if we were dogs. In this extreme misery, we sold our coats and waistcoats to the turnkey for a little bread. And indeed, shortly after, we sold all our clothes except the clothes we had on our backs, but alas, these soon became old and tattered. No one visited us but the priest, whose only question was whether we were not weary of enduring so much misery. To this he added that no mercy would be shown to us because our freedom depended upon us alone. In order to obtain liberty, we only had to renounce the errors of Calvin."

"In 1559, when Pius V came to the Pontifical office, he, with 'an intense, unmitigated detestation of Protestantism, and a fixed, inexorable determination to root it out,' occupied himself continually sending money and soldiers to France, and letters to the kings and bishops across Europe inciting them to zeal in the ruin of the heretics. To the commander of his military force, Count Santafiore, according to Catena, he had given the instruction 'to take no Huguenot prisoner, but instantly to kill every one that fell into his hands.'

In 1569, however, despairing of the destruction of the Huguenots in France, Pius suggested a more secret and sure way for their eradication. In a letter to the Cardinal of Lorraine, the Pope wrote, 'use all your influence for procuring a definite and serious adoption of the measure most proper for bringing about the destruction of the implacable enemies of God and the King.' And to the King, Charles IX, who was the son of King Henry II and Catherine de Médici, he wrote an exhortation to 'pursue and destroy all the enemies that still remain.' 'For unless they are radically extirpated, they will be found to shoot up again.' 'You will not succeed,' he tells Charles, 'in turning away the wrath of God, except by avenging him rigorously on the wretches.' The Pope then presented himself as the prophet Samuel delivering the message to Saul—Charles IX, to destroy the Amalekites—the Huguenots, utterly. To Catherine, the Pope wrote plainly, advising that she pursue the 'enemies' until 'they are all massacred, for it is only by the entire extermination of heretics (deletis omnibus) that the Roman Catholic worship can be restored.'"



"Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city" Matthew 23:34 KJV
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