Harouys street

Harouys was the mayor of Nantes in 1572. During Saint Bartholomew’s Day, on 24 August, the city council refused to obey the Guise orders to massacre the Protestants as was the case in Paris, striking with the edge of the sword all those who professed the ‘Pretended Reformed religion’.

  • La rue Harouys
    Harouys Street © Wikimedia Creative Commons

Nantes was one of the few cities where the Saint Bartholomew massacre did not happen.

Harouys, of Spanish origin, was a trader at the harbour and was not interested in making those he traded with disappear…

Associated tours

  • Walk in the Nantes protestant

    A protestant tour in the city of Nantes: discover 11 emblematic places of the presence of Protestants in the city of Nantes.

Associated notes

  • St. Bartholomew's Day (24th August 1572)

    Charles IX had tried to reconcile the two religious parties, but when this failed, he was driven by the Guise family to authorize the Catholics to assassinate the Protestant leaders; the situation...