What religious conflict occurred in France?
Conflicts between Catholics and Huguenots, French Protestants, grew during Catherine de Medicis’s reign. Huguenots and Catholics fought eight religious wars in the time span of 36 years. The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in Paris sparked a six-week, nationwide slaughter of Huguenots. The massacre occurred when many Huguenot nobles were in Paris, and most of these nobles died. When Henry, a former Protestant, became king, he declared that the Huguenots could live in peace in France and set up their own houses of worship in some cities, which was called the Edict of Nantes.