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Huguenot ?

Quelle est l'origine du mot Huguenot ? Comme le mot chrétien, c'était plutôt une insulte au commencement. Bien que nous ne puissions pas en être sûr de l'origine, il se peut que Huguenote vienne du mot allemand eidgenossen, qui veut dire « confédéré ». On peut bien imaginer donc qu'il'y avait des gens qui parlaient un peu injurieusement de « cette petite bande de confédérés, ces Protestants ».

Il me semble que les gens qui parlent anglais pensent parfois que les Huguenots formaient une secte particulière, mais en fait c'était le mot pour parler des Protestants français tout simplement.


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