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Éléonore Desmier d’Olbreuse: Preserver of Huguenots

Éléonore Desmier d’Olbreuse – 1680 Posted at Continuing Reformation : Éléonore Desmier d’Olbreuse, French Huguenot (French Reformed) and member of the gentry of France provided a haven for other French Reformed Christians during the time of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. When the notable French reformers like Calvin and Farel fled Paris, they left many people behind them who furthered the cause of the Reformation. Éléonore Desmier d’Olbreuese stands as a testament to the children of those who were left behind and one who did all they could to further the Protestant cause. Born to a Protestant Huguenot family on January 3rd 1639 near Poitou, France, Éléonore Desmier d’Olbreuse had a privileged life. She frequented the royal court at Paris as a lady in waiting and grew up surrounded by not only the intrigue of French politics and courtship, but also a vibrant reforming community. (Mckee and Vigne) The Edict of Nantes of 1598 gave reformed Protestants in France fr