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A History of the Vaudois Church from Its Origin, and of the Vaudois of Piedmont to the Present Day
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A History of the Vaudois Church from Its Origin, and of the Vaudois of Piedmont to the Present Day


Religious Tract Society 1859

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In A History of the Vaudois Church from Its Origin, and of the Vaudois of Piedmont to the Present Day, Antoine Monastier posits that the Vaudois church is the link that unites Protestant churches directly to the primitive churches born from the apostles. Beginning with the state of the Christian church at the accession of the emperor Constantine, Monastier provides a succinct history of the Christian church in general before focusing on the origin of the Vaudois church and its history up to the nineteenth century. This edition includes dozens of illustrations and maps.

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Key Features

  • Examines the link between the Vaudois church, the Protestant church, and early churches planted by the apostles
  • Provides a succinct history of the Christian church
  • Focuses on the origin of the Vaudois church


  • State of the Christian Church at the Accession of the Emperor Constantine (AD 306)
  • The Changes in the Doctrines, Worship, and Life of the Church, after the Time of Constantine [from AD 337]
  • The Opposition Which the New Doctrines and Ceremonies Encountered in the Church
  • Vestiges of the Faithful Church in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries
  • The Religious Manifestations of the Eleventh Century
  • Religious Manifestations of the Twelfth Century
  • Origin of the Name Vaudois
  • The Vaudois of Piedmont in the Twelfth Century
  • Traditions of the Vaudois Which Attest Their Antiquity
  • Writings of the Vaudois
  • The Belief of the Vaudois
  • The Moral and Religious Life of the Vaudois
  • The Missionary Zeal and Proselytism of the Ancient Vaudois
  • Persecution of the Vaudois in the Thirteenth Century
  • The Vaudois, Retreating from Persecution, Found Colonies in the Alps
  • First Persecutions Known, against the Vaudois of Piedmont, in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
  • The Vaudois and the Reformation at the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century
  • Immediate Effects of the Union of the Vaudois Church with the Reformed Church
  • The Vaudois, Once More under the Rule of Their Legitimate Prince, Are Persecuted with the Utmost Rigour
  • Destruction of the Vaudois Colonies in Apulia and Calabria
  • The Benefits of the Peace Attended with Great Evils
  • The Vaudois, Calumniated at Court, Are Misunderstood and Ill-Treated
  • Cruelties Committed by the Papists in the Valleys
  • Persecution and Emigration, 1656–1686
  • The Vaudois Refugees in Switzerland and Germany Return in Arms to Their Country and Obtain Peace (1686–1690)
  • The Vaudois in the Eighteenth Century, and during the French Revolution—1690–1814
  • The Valleys since the General Peace (1814–1846)
  • A Word to My Dear Fellow-Countrymen of the Vaudois Valleys
  • Appendix
  • A Geographical and Statistical Description of the Vaudois Valleys of Piedmont
    • Geography
    • Statistics

Praise for the Print Edition

The man who can read the whole without frequent and deep emotion, is not to be envied; and he who can peruse some portions of this tragical tale without a throb of the heart, or a tear in the eye, has but slight claims to humanity and magnanimity.

The Christian Witness

The history of the Vaudois Church is replete with the most thrilling interest, and in the volume before us it is worthily and affectingly told. We are glad the work of M. Monastier has found a translator, and we commend the work to our readers as one of the fullest and most authentic accounts of the Vaudois ever written.

The Scottish Congregational Magazine

We shall never grow tired of the history of these interesting people. Their story is fraught with illustrations of the faithfulness and loving-kindness of the Lord, though so large a portion of it is written in tears and blood. It is here told by one of their own pastors, a descendant of God’s martyred saints, a man, who, whilst their blood runs in his veins, has evidently caught the spirit of their humble and devoted piety. It discovers much research, is written with a full heart, and will not fail under the divine blessing, to edify the Church of God, whether in his own or in other lands.

Evangelical Christendom

Product Details

  • Title: A History of the Vaudois Church from Its Origin, and of the Vaudois of Piedmont to the Present Day
  • Author: Antoine Monastier
  • Publisher: The Religious Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1859
  • Pages: 432

About Antoine Monastier

Antoine Monastier (1774–1852) was a minister of the Free Church of the Canton de Vaud, Switzerland. He spent 10 years researching and writing this book.