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 2 is divided into two parts:
- From the Return of the Vaudois into Their Own Country, to Their Civil and Political Emancipation in Piedmont
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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 return of the Vaudois into their own country and their political emancipation
- Part Third: From the Return of the Vaudois into Their Own Country, to Their Civil and Political Emancipation in Piedmont
- Condition of the Exiled Vaudois in Switzerland, Brandenburg, Wurtemberg, and the Palatinate (AD 1687 to AD 1688)
- The State of the Valleys in the Absence of Their Inhabitants; and First Attempts of the Exiled Vaudois to Return to Their Own Country (AD 1686 to 1689)
- The Glorious Return of the Vaudois, under the Conduct of Arnaud, and according to the Directions of Janavel (August to September, 1689)
- Struggle of the Vaudois, in Their Own Valleys, against the United Forces of Victor Amadeus II. And Louis XIV (September, 1689, to June, 1690)
- Rupture between France and Savoy, War Which Followed It, and New Situation of the Vaudois, Now Become Defenders of Victor Amadeus II (June, 1690, to September, 1694)
- Continuation and Conclusion of the War between Louis XIV and Victor Amadeus; Participation of the Vaudois in These Events, and Their Formal Re-establishment in the Valleys
- Protest of the Court of Rome against the Re-establishment of the Vaudois; Firmness of Victor Amadeus II; Re-organization of the Vaudois Church; New Edict of Expulsion in 1698
- History of the Vaudois Colonies Founded in Wurtemberg after the Expulsion of 1698—Part First (AD 1698 to AD 1699)
- History of the Vaudois Colonies Founded in Wurtemberg after the Expulsion of 1698—Part Second (AD 1689 to AD 1824)
- History of the Vaudois Colonies Founded in Hesse-Darmstadt and Other Parts of Germany, in Consequence of the Expulsion of 1698, and Subsequent Emigrations (AD 1698 to AD 1818)
- History of the Vaudois of Pragela and the Adjacent Valleys: First Period—The Valleys of Bardonèche and of the Cluson under the Reign of Charles IX (Introduction; Commencing with the Middle Ages. History down to 1574)
- History of the Vaudois of Pragela and the Adjacent Valleys: Second Period—Lesdiguiéres in Pragela (AD 1574 to AD 1601)
- History of the Vaudois of Pragela and the Adjacent Valleys: Third Period—The Valley of Pérouse under the Dominion of Charles Emmanuel (AD 1601 to AD 1628)
- History of the Vaudois of Pragela and of the Adjacent Valleys: Fourth Period—From the Conquest of Piedmont by Louis XIII. To the Piedmontese Easter (AD 1629 to AD 1655)
- History of the Vaudois of Pragela and the Adjacent Valleys: Fifth Period—From the Introduction of the Jesuits to the Demolition of the Protestant Places of Worship in Pragela (AD 1656 to AD 1685)
- Chapter XVI: History of the Vaudois of Pragela and of the Adjacent Valleys: Sixth Period (AD 1685 to AD 1713)
- History of the Vaudois of Pragela and the Adjacent Valleys: Seventh Period—From the Treaty of Utrecht, in 1713, to the First Emigrations Caused by the Edicts Which Preceded that of 1730
- History of the Vaudois of Pragela and the Adjacent Valleys: Eighth Period—Extinction of the Vaudois Church in Pragela (AD 1729 to AD 1733)
- History of the Vaudois from the Expulsion of 1698 to that of 1730: The Duke of Savoy in the Valley of Lucerna—The Republic in that of St. Martin
- Influence of the Philosophy of the Eighteenth Century on the Vaudois Church, and Progress of Events down to the French Revolution (AD 1730 to AD 1792)
- The Vaudois Valleys during the Wars Which the French Revolution Caused in Italy (AD 1789 to AD 1801)
- State of the Vaudois under the Dominion of France (AD 1799 to AD 1814)
- State of the Vaudois since the Restoration (AD 1814 to AD 1842)
- Religious Revival, and Foundation of Various Institutions in the Vaudois Valleys: Felix Neff—The Hospital—The College—The Discipline—The Schools—Beckwith (AD 1824 to AD 1847)
- Civil and Political Emancipation of the Vaudois during the Reign of Charles Albert (AD 1847 to AD 1850)
- Appendix, No. 1
- Part 1—Published Works
- Part 2—Manuscript Works
- Part 3—Detached Documents, Printed and in Manuscript
- Appendix, No. 2
- Appendix, No. 3
- Appendix, No. 4
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. 2
- 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.