Archive for April 13th, 2010

I Do ?

The sequence of events


and the consequence of that sequence


Can spell the difference between “bye-bye”


and “I do.” 


-eab, 3/23/10

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The marshalling of letter men,

In columns across a page,

Arranged and rearranged again,

To tell a later age,

The ideals, the hopes,

The palpations of the heart,

Words “smithed,” stretched in place,

The writer’s serious art.

                – eab, Apr. ‘01

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On this date, 4/13/1598, Henry IV (of Navarre) King of France granted the Huguenot Christians “The Edict of Nantes.”  This granted his non-catholic subjects a larger measure of religious freedom.  It lacked a few weeks of being 26 years since the infamous “St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre” (8/23/1572) in which thousands of Christians were assassinated by Roman Catholic mobs. (Thousands? – the estimates run from a conservative 5000 to as high as 30,000.)  The massacre happened just six days after the wedding of this very leader, later Henry IV.

Sadly, this “Edict” only remained in effect for 87 years.

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