The Israel of the Alps gives a complete and in-depth history of the Waldenses, including their origin, manners, customs, religious organization, and sufferings. Volume 1 is divided into two parts:
- History of the Vaudois from Their Origin to the Time When They were Circumscribed within the Valleys of Piedmont Alone
- From the Time When the Vaudois Were Restricted within the Limits of Their Valleys to the Date of Their Total Banishment
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- Gives a complete and in-depth history of the Waldenses
- Covers their origin, manners, customs, religious organization, and sufferings
- Examines the Vaudois and their total banishment
- Introduction: Preliminary Remarks on the Origin of the Vaudois
- Part First: History of the Vaudois, from Their Origin to the Time When They Were Circumscribed within the Valleys of Piedmont Alone
- Origin, Manners, Doctrine, and Organization of the Vaudois in Ancient Times
- First Persecution—Yolande and Cattanée (from AD 1300 to AD 1500)
- History of the Vaudois of the Val Louise, from Their Origin to Their Extinction (AD 1300 to AD 1500)
- History of the Vaudois of Barcelonnette, Le Queyras, and Freyssinières (AD 1300 to AD 1650)
- History of the Vaudois of Provence—Mérindol and Cabrières (AD 1350 to AD 1550)
- The Vaudois in Calabria (AD 1400 to AD 1560)
- Influence of the Reformation in the Vaudois Valleys—The Synod and the Bible (AD 1520 to AD 1535)
- History of a Number of Martyrs
- History of the Evangelical Churches of Paësane, Praviglelm, and Saluces (AD 1550 to AD 1580)
- History of the Progress and Extinction of the Reformation at Coni, and in the Plain of Piedmont (AD 1550 to AD 1580)
- History of the Reformed Churches of Carail, Chieri, and Dronier (AD 1560 to AD 1605)
- A Sketch of the Vicissitudes Endured by the Christians of the Valleys Situated around the Vaudois Valleys; Particularly Those of Bubiano, Lucerna, Campillon, and Fenil (AD 1560 to AD 1630)
- Revival of the Evangelical Churches of Saluces, and New Vicissitudes to Which They Were Subjected (AD 1602 to AD 1616)
- Conclusion of the History of the Churches of Saluces; Particularly of Those of Aceil, Verzol, St. Michael, and Praviglelm (AD 1616 to AD 1633)
- More Martyrs (AD 1535 to AD 1635)
- Part Second: From the Time When the Vaudois Were Restricted within the Limits of Their Valleys, to the Date of Their Total Banishment
- Matters Preliminary to the Second General Persecution of the Vaudois of the Valleys of Piedmont (AD 1520 to AD 1560)
- History of the Second General Persecution Which Took Place in the Vaudois Valleys (AD 1560 to AD 1561)
- Castrocaro, Governor of the Valleys (AD 1561 to AD 1581)
- State of the Vaudois during the Reign of Charles Emmanuel (AD 1580 to AD 1630)
- The Plague and the Monks (AD 1627 to AD 1643)
- The Propaganda (AD 1637 to AD 1655)
- The Piedmontese Easter, or the Massacres of 1655 (Saturday, the 24th of April, Being Easter Eve)
- Janavel and Jahier (April to June, 1655)
- End of the Conflict, Negotiations, and Patents of Grace (June to September, 1655)
- Infractions of the Treaty of Pignerol—Léger’s Vicissitudes (AD 1655 to AD 1660)
- The War of the Outlaws (AD 1660 to AD 1664)
- Mediation of Switzerland; Treachery of St. Damian; Conferences at the Town’s-House of Turin; Arbitration of Louis XIV (AD 1664 to AD 1680)
- Exile of Janavel, Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Preliminaries of a Fourth Persecution (AD 1680 to AD 1685)
- Commencement of the Fourth General Persecution in the Valleys (January to the End of April, 1686)
- War and Massacre in the Valleys (April to May, 1686)
- Termination of the Contest; Memoirs of a Prisoner; Captivity and Dispersion of the Vaudois in Various Towns (AD 1686—May to September)
- Total Expulsion of the Vaudois, Who Are Carried Away to Verceil, or Conducted into Exile (September, 1686, to September, 1687)
Praise for the Print Edition
This is undoubtedly the most important work from the point of view represented, and for later Waldensian history is of great value.
—The Baptist Quarterly Review
Its accuracy and its learning entitle it to be accounted the standard authority in all things connected with the Vaudois Church. The author has been engaged upon it for upwards of 15 years, and in its production he has ransacked every repository whence information could be obtained upon the subject.
—Edinburgh Ecclesiastical Journal and Literary Review
The book is profusely illustrated with well-executed wood-cuts
—The Methodist Review
Their history, as traced here, presents examples of heroism, of devotion to principle, of fortitude and perseverance under suffering, to which the annals of the world furnish no parallel. Nothing could more clearly and amply vindicate the vitality of their faith, and the permanence of the principles for which the contended. We cordially commend this work, which adds to its other merits that of being really illustrated by server cuts, to the Christian public.
—The Christian Review
The volume commences with the earliest known history of the Waldenses, describes the whole of their persecutions, and finally shows their present condition in these peaceful times when martyrdoms are repugnant to the spirit of the age. The book will be read with deep interest, and sincere sympathy and admiration will be felt for a simple-hearted people who have through successive centuries braved everything in defense of a pure and holy faith.
The author writes very graphically; producing pictures often highly colored, yet we cannot say that by this process the truth is distorted. A history of a highly attractive character, notwithstanding the wickedness and sorrow it unfolds.
—The Journal of Sacred Literature
Dr. Muston’s labors must have be prodigious. His zeal, industry, conscientiousness, and minuteness are above all praise, and it is impossible to withhold warm sympathy from the patriotism which has led him—himself a Vaudois—to bestow so much pains on the annals of his people.
- Title: The Israel of the Alps: A Complete History of the Waldenses and Their Colonies, vol. 1
- Author: Alexis Muston
- Publisher: Blackie & Son
- Publication Date: 1875
- Pages: 478
About Alexis Muston
Alexis Muston (1810–1888) earned his DD from the University of Strasbourg and was ordained in 1833. In 1835 he was exiled from Piedmont and moved to Nimes, France, where he served as a pastor in the French Reformed church. He authored numerous works about the Waldensians.