Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – #History – The Story of the Huguenots: A Unique Legacy by Joyce Hampton

Delighted to welcome another author to join Cafe and Bookstore…Joyce Hampton and her new Kindle edition of  The Story of the Huguenots: A Unique Legacy

About the book

The Huguenots were the most successful refugees to leave their homeland in search of freedom. The book tells of their questioning of the established Catholic faith in France and continues through the rise of Calvinism, the wars of religion, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and the global diaspora of the Huguenots. It examines the national events that shaped their times, and brings to life some of their personal stories of persecution and flight, and how they travelled far and wide to begin new lives with the promise of religious and personal freedom.

The book not only tells their history but informs the reader of the numerous, diverse and ingenious inventions, many of which are still much in evidence in our lives today.
The book focuses mainly on France and the United Kingdom but within its covers can be found a kaleidoscope of information of their worldwide diaspora. Included within its pages are countless, often previously unpublished, Huguenot family histories set against the events they lived through.

The book covers 500 years of history from 1517-2017 and includes many courageous and selfless acts of Huguenot descendants during both world wars and identifies many well-known individuals who have Huguenot ancestry.

There is also information on how to research your Huguenot ancestors. The book has been described as a factual novel as it embraces both dedicated meticulous cross-referenced research with the easy read of a novel. A book with a difference that will suit both academic scholars and those who have very little knowledge of the Huguenots but would like to know more.

One of the reviews for the print edition of the book

What I had been searching for some time was a concise yet comprehensive history of the origins, sufferings and contributions of these brave and industrious people. The author does not fail to deliver on any of these, and the writing style Joyce Hampton employs makes the entire story so easy to read that even if you knew very little about the subject beforehand, you will gain so much learning and enjoyment from reading this. I particularly enjoyed the way In which the major events, such as the Edict of Nantes, as well as the Revocation, are described and evaluated whilst simultaneously the reader is provided with personal accounts of people’s often horrific experiences of such religious intolerance. You’ll be able to feel what they went through, and of course, many of these lessons still resonate with us today. Sometimes neighbour helped neighbour; sometimes, they didn’t. The story is as up to date as any such story can be – twentieth century events are narrated, and you’ll learn of events that took place even in 2017 too. I do not hesitate to recommend this book to all.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

Also by Joyce Hampton

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

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About Joyce Hampton

I was born in Stratford E15 and moved around various areas of London before finally settling in Surrey with my husband John and our two cairn terriers.

I began writing in 2012 and my first book was: Looking back – A century of life in Bethnal Green, this book evolved from tracking other people’s recollections as the primary source material, partly family anecdotes, of the amusing, sad or serious into a written record. This research was supplemented by cross-checking documented events, in London libraries and archives to ensure that the book is both easy to read as well as being factually correct. I gradually found that I had created a walk through time account of the Bethnal Green area of the 19th and 20th centuries, which includes the Bethnal Green tube disaster of 1943.

My newest book is The Story of the Huguenots: A unique Legacy. It is a 500 page book but with a difference as it is a FACTUAL NOVEL in other words it has the factual history of the Huguenots but written in the expected format of a novel in the belief that the reader will find it more engaging and will want to discover more about this amazing group of people. The book is divided into four parts (all within the one book). I also take bookings for talks and lectures on the subject, including, as an example, a slot at the annual Write Idea Festival in London (November 18) which was to a very appreciative audience of over 100 people.

Connect to Joyce

Website:Not Just Another Book
Facebook: The Story of the Huguenots
Twitter: @NJABOfficial

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of Joyce’s books.. thanks Sally.

32 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – #History – The Story of the Huguenots: A Unique Legacy by Joyce Hampton

  1. Congratulations, Joyce – and thanks for sharing, Sally. This sounds fascinating – I’ve heard of the Hugenots many times, but don’t really know that much about them. Toni x

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    • Dear Catlina, you are absolutely right, history repeats itself constantly although sometimes it would be nice if we learned from past mistakes. We should be so proud of these people and celebrate what they have done for the countries that became their new homes. Thank you for your kind words.


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      • Exactly, celebrated for what they bring to society. I have had the honor and privilege to live in four countries. Sadly for the last few years, I have encountered for the first time in my life, the bigotry directed at me, as an American by choice of Mexican origin.
        People I have known for years, explaining to me how ‘bad’ other immigrants are, needless to say, said ‘friendships’ met their expiration date!

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  2. Good morning everyone, I have just read the lovely comments you have passed to Sally regarding my book. First of all, my thanks to all of you who share and take the time to comment. The Huguenots are I find a facinating subject although not that well known to most people but I really would like to change this. The Huguenots are a facinating group of people and were in fact the most sucessful refugees this country ever took in. Even today, we are using items that were developed by Huguenots and our world is made all the brighter because of it. History is like a wheel it continues to turn and the same mistakes often happen which is why we can see similarities in today’s world to what took place over four hundred years ago.

    Joyce – NotJustAnotherBook

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