Histoire Lamentable contenant au Vrai routes les Particularites les plus Notables des cruautés, massacres, assassins et dévastations exercés par ceux de la Religion Romaine contre ceux de la Religion Reformee esemblee les Represailles d'iceux à l'encontre de ceux de Rome. [FAMOUS EX LIBRIS]
1848 · Lyon
by Gonon, P.M.
Lyon: Imprimerie de Nigon, 1848. Hardcover. vg. This work has the stamp of "Grand Rabbin Prof. Dr. M.A. Halevy" to first and last text page as well as bottom of few pages. Halevy was a very important Rabbi and scholar (more on him: See below). 12mo. 234pp. Marbled boards. Page edges untrimmed. Illustrated endpapers. Some pages unopened. Frontispiece, being a facsimile of a 1562-portrait. Illustrated title page. Work documenting the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre a.k.a. Vesper's massacre of 1572 in Lyon: "Violence was frequent in this period. Protestants actively destroyed Catholic churches and defiled their objects of worship, in an effort to show that material objects were only man-made, not ordained by God. Catholic believers thought that Protestants were heretics and blasphemers, and took in their own hands to punish the Protestants for their irreverence to God. Bloody riots occurred with increasing frequency all over France (and other parts of Europe) as the Reformation shifted into the period known as the Counter-Reformation. (...) This culminated in the Vespers' Massacre of 1572. This story takes place after the height of the Reformation, when Protestant and Catholic forces seemed to be wreaking equal damage. Poor management of resources by the government and high levels of poverty and starvation in the poorer quarters of the populace also lead to non-religious violence, such as grain riots. (Source MIT website) Written by renowned French Historian, P.M. Gonon. Minor age wear to binding, with auction lot number on front board. Page following half-title and page following title page apparently cut out. Minor browning, sporadic foxing. Otherwise clean and tight. In French. Very good condition. On M.A. Halevy (Source: Public Domain) Prof. Rabbi Meyer Abraham Halevy (1900-1972) was one of the most outstanding figures of the Romanian Jewish elite. Halevy belongs to the same category of encyclopedic minds as Moses Gaster and I. Niemirower, all embracing modern Judaism as their creed and being deeply involved in the bettering of their co-religionists. Halevy's main points of interest were Bible and Talmudic exegesis and the history of Jewish medicine, but it was his monographic studies of the most important Jewish communities in Romania, of Bucharest and Iasi, that made him one of the most important contributors to the history of the Romanian Jews. (Inventory #: 19508)