Smorgasbord Posts from the Archives 2021 – Pot Luck – #Huguenot #History -11 September: A Date to Remember– A Date to Mourn by Joyce Hampton


Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I have shared posts from the last six months of 2020 and the series is now closed to new participants.

This is the second post by Joyce Hampton who has chronicled the history of the Huguenots and following on from last week shares another date that will be remembered for its infamy.

11 September: A Date to Remember– A Date to Mourn

Following on from my blog last month about the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, I am now going to tell you about the next chapter in this sorrowful event.

When news of the massacre reached the Vatican in Rome, Pope Gregory XIII decided to ‘celebrate’ with a jubilee day of public thanksgiving. The date set was the 11th September 1572, it was to be a double celebration for the defeat of the Ottoman troops by the Holy League at the Battle of Lepanto on 7th October 1571, and for the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of the Huguenots in France, in August 1572. The celebration included guns being fired in salute of these events.

It seems distasteful of the Pope to be ordering celebrations for the massacre of thousands of Huguenots, but he viewed it as divine retribution on heretics. When Pope Gregory had heard news of the massacre, he ordered the singing of a Te Deum and ordered a commemorative medal to be struck. This medal depicted the Pope’s head on one side and an image of an angel, holding a sword and a cross, standing over the fallen Huguenots with the motto UGONOTTORUM STRAGES or “Huguenot Bloodbath”.

Pope Gregory XIII’s medal

Later, the Pope commissioned a mural by Giorgio Vasari of the ‘wonderous St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre to hang in the Vatican.

©Joyce Hampton 2020

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 which was to a very appreciative audience of over 100 people.

Books by Joyce Hampton

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Joyce : Goodreads – Website:Not Just Another Book Twitter: @NJABOfficial

 

Thanks for dropping by and to Joyce for allowing me to share her posts. I hope you will head over to browse in her archives.. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Posts from the Archives 2021 – Pot Luck – #Huguenot #History – A massacre which will always be remembered – St Bartholomew’s by Joyce Hampton


Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I have shared posts from the last six months of 2020 and the series is now closed to new participants.

This is the first post by Joyce Hampton who has chronicled the history of the Huguenots and today shares a date that marks a horrendous event in the religion’s history.

A massacre which will always be remembered – St Bartholomew’s

August had been a hot month, but tensions were high as the guests had arrived for the wedding of the Protestant Henri of Navarre and the Catholic Marguerite of Valois, sister to the French King. The wedding had to all intent and purposes been brokered as not only a union of man and wife but of two opposing faiths – Catholic and Protestant and took place on the 18th August.

Festivities were due to take place both before and more importantly after the wedding and to continue for many days as both religious parties gathered to witness this occasion, although many on both sides disapproved, because much blood had been spilt on both sides of the divide during the previous decades as the attitude of some had become entrenched.

On the 22nd August an attempt was made on the life of one of the Huguenot leaders, Gaspard Coligny who was wounded but not fatally. Huguenots, in Paris for the marriage celebrations, were enraged by this act and, as tensions increased during the following hours, they demanded the perpetrators be brought to justice. Alarmed the King’s Council called a meeting on the night of the 23rd/ 24th August, which continued for many hours. Eventually, worn down by his mother Catherine de Medici, the young King Francis IX was forced to order the assassination of Huguenot leaders and their followers who had come to Paris to witness the marriage. His chilling words as he gave the orders were

“Kill them all let no man be left to reproach me”

During the early hours of the 24th August, St Bartholomew’s Eve, the Mayor of Paris was ordered to lock the city gates and make ready the militia. Shortly after these orders were issued soldiers arrived at Coligny’s lodgings, and pushing aside his guards, and found then murdered the sleep dazed Coligny before tossing his then lifeless body out of a first-floor window onto the ground below.

The news rapidly spread across Paris and the bells rang throughout the city signalling the bloodbath which has gone down in history as a bloody massacre of men, women and children whose only crime, for the most part, was their choice of faith.

The St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre spread outwards from Paris reaching other parts of France and continued for days as the streets ran rivers of blood. As both before and since once the metaphorical Pandora’s box was opened it was going to be hard to shut the lid again.

©Joyce Hampton 2020

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 which was to a very appreciative audience of over 100 people.

Books by Joyce Hampton

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Joyce : Goodreads – Website:Not Just Another Book Twitter: @NJABOfficial

 

Thanks for dropping by and to Joyce for allowing me to share her posts. I hope you will head over to browse in her archives.. Thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 – #History – The Story of the Huguenots: A Unique Legacy by Joyce Hampton


I read some amazing books in 2020 and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.

This is my review from October 2020  for The Story of the Huguenots: A Unique Legacy by Joyce Hampton.

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.

My review for the book October 27th 2020

This book is not just about the unique history of the Huguenots, which is compelling, tragic and inspiring, but is also how the legacy of these refugees from religious persecution enriched the lives of millions today around the world.

Covering 500 years this book takes us through the wars, revolts, betrayals and eventual sanctuary found in England and other parts of Europe, as well as the far outposts of the world in later centuries including South Africa. As refugees they were generally made welcome as the Huguenots brought with them a wealth of artisan skills which were highly regarded in their host countries, a strong moral and work ethic, and a belief in community and its well-being.

The author shares detailed histories of the countries of origin and the host nations. The Protestant and Catholic conflicts of the middle ages onward were a time of great uncertainty. Your religion was subject to a change in status on a frequent basis as kings and queens ascended the various European thrones. This included the thrones in Scotland and England during the 15th and 16th centuries.

It was fascinating to learn more about the various artisan skills that the refugees brought with them and re-established in London and some other major cities in England, Scotland and Ireland. The author gives detailed accounts of these such as silk production and spinning, gold and silver work, clocks and watchmaking, architecture and design, furniture making and printing. On the medical front leading doctors and scientists established protocols and advances in obstetrics and the establishment of pharmacies. Over the centuries Huguenot business leaders set in motion commercial ventures that are the origins of the Bank of England and our stock market.

It was interesting to discover that many well known authors, artists and actors that have brought their talent to the arts around the world were of Huguenot ancestry.

As well as the detailed history of the Huguenots as protestants from diverse nationalities, Joyce Hampton also shares the stories of individuals with a background to their reasons for seeking sanctuary, and how they brought great benefits to the adopted countries. These bring a personal element to the book that I much enjoyed, especially as it brought some people and events in my own life to mind. I had not given any thought to the name of my teacher in South Africa for example, but from the book I discovered that Miss Du Plessis was of Huguenot origins.

I can recommend this book to history lovers, genealogists and writers of historical novels as the detail and research is impeccable. For those researching their family trees it is a great reference for identifying possible Huguenot connections over the last 500 years, particularly if you originate from London or other major cities where the refugees settled.

More than anything, I came away from reading the book with a sense of hope. Today we see parallels to the religious persecution of 500 years ago, with millions still fleeing oppression and seeking sanctuary which is often denied. Without the acceptance and integration of Huguenots within our society, many of the advances in science, economics, commerce and the arts would be sadly lacking in our modern world. We need to take on board some of the lessons from the past.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

Also by Joyce Hampton

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 which was to a very appreciative audience of over 100 people.

Joyce Hampton, Buy: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Joyce : Goodreads – Website:Not Just Another Book Twitter: @NJABOfficial

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the review and will check out Joyce’s books for yourself…thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #History – The Story of the Huguenots: A Unique Legacy by Joyce Hampton


Delighted to share my review for The Story of the Huguenots: A Unique Legacy  by Joyce Hampton.

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.

My review for the book October 27th 2020

This book is not just about the unique history of the Huguenots, which is compelling, tragic and inspiring, but is also how the legacy of these refugees from religious persecution enriched the lives of millions today around the world.

Covering 500 years this book takes us through the wars, revolts, betrayals and eventual sanctuary found in England and other parts of Europe, as well as the far outposts of the  world in later centuries including South Africa. As refugees they were generally made welcome as the Huguenots brought with them a wealth of artisan skills which were highly regarded in their host countries, a strong moral and work ethic, and a belief in community and its well-being.

The author shares detailed histories of the countries of origin and the host nations.  The Protestant and Catholic conflicts of the middle ages onward were a time of great uncertainty.  Your religion was subject to a change in status on a frequent basis as kings and queens ascended the various European thrones. This included the thrones in Scotland and England during the 15th and 16th centuries.

It was fascinating to learn more about the various artisan skills that the refugees brought with them and re-established in London and some other major cities in England, Scotland and Ireland. The author gives detailed accounts of these such as silk production and spinning, gold and silver work, clocks and watchmaking, architecture and design, furniture making and printing. On the medical front leading doctors and scientists established protocols and advances in obstetrics and the establishment of pharmacies. Over the centuries Huguenot business leaders set in motion commercial ventures that are the origins of the Bank of England and our stock market.

It was interesting to discover that many well known authors, artists and actors that have brought their talent to the arts around the world were of Huguenot ancestry.

As well as the detailed history of the Huguenots as protestants from diverse nationalities, Joyce Hampton also shares the stories of individuals with a background to their reasons for seeking sanctuary, and how they brought great benefits to the adopted countries. These bring a personal element to the book that I much enjoyed, especially as it brought some people and events in my own life to mind. I had not given any thought to the name of my teacher in South Africa for example, but from the book I discovered that Miss Du Plessis was of Huguenot origins.

I can recommend this book to history lovers, genealogists and writers of historical novels as the detail and research is impeccable. For those researching their family trees it is a great reference for identifying possible Huguenot connections over the last 500 years, particularly if you originate from London or other major cities where the refugees settled.

More than anything, I came away from reading the book with a sense of hope. Today we see parallels to the religious persecution of 500 years ago, with millions still fleeing oppression and seeking sanctuary which is often denied. Without the acceptance and integration of Huguenots within our society, many of the advances in science, economics, commerce and the arts would be sadly lacking in our modern world. We need to take on board some of the lessons from the past.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

Also by Joyce Hampton

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  which was to a very appreciative audience of over 100 people.

Joyce Hampton, Buy: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Joyce  : Goodreads – Website:Not Just Another Book Twitter: @NJABOfficial

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the review and will check out Joyce’s books for yourself…thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Spotlight – Life Changing Moments – I knew that there was a book inside me waiting to be written by Joyce Hampton


Welcome to Cafe and Bookstore spotlight. I invited writers to share what they consider to be a defining moment in their lives that resulted in a major positive change. This is the last post in the series and I hope you have enjoyed reading these inspiring stories.

My guest today is Joyce Hampton who made the decision following a serious injury to use the recovery time to write her first book.

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  which was to a very appreciative audience of over 100 people.

I knew that there was a book inside me waiting to be written.

Like many people, I always felt I had a book somewhere inside me, but it was finding the time to seek it out and get it into the big wide world which prevented me doing anything about it!
I have always loved reading especially history, but it was the day that three discs in my spine collapsed that proved to be my life changing moment. It was a lovely sunny summer’s day the birds were singing the bees were definitely buzzing and I was happily weeding a flower bed. My back ached from bending over and I had ignored earlier in the day the strange sensation in my lower spine – suddenly what felt like an electric shock cut though my lower spine and my legs crumpled beneath me…..

Several weeks later, once the diagnosis had been made and the painkillers began to kick in, I realised I needed some lifestyle changes……hmm……..would now be a good time to write that book?

2013, was the beginning of this new venture…. I was going to find that book inside me and write it…. after all everything happens for a reason! As I started to mull over my subject matter one evening, I tuned in to watch the early evening news on TV. At the beginning of the London News programme I saw an elderly lady standing in what appeared to be a muddy fenced off building site but it was in actual fact the designated area for the new Stairway to Heaven memorial, to all those who perished in March 1943. She began to speak about this WWII disaster which had happened at the partially completed Bethnal Green tube station and that’s when I decided on my topic!

My father’s family had lived in Bethnal Green and its environs for many decades, but I only had a scanty recollection of this local history from whispers heard about long afterwards. But, two things were about to change all of that. One was a meeting with Sandra Scotting of the Stairway to Heaven charity and the other was the re-discovery of a much-treasured hand-written diary by my aunt. I decided that the book should reflect social change and armed with notebook and pen I paid a visit to the local library in Bethnal Green where I spent an entertaining morning with a local history group. By the end of this visit I had a plan, based on local residents’ knowledge, and so began to research and write Looking Back – A Century of Life in Bethnal Green.

 

This is the book cover of the paperback and one of the chapters covers the event both before, during and after the Bethnal Green tube disaster when 173 men, women and children lost their lives.

The photos show the incomplete entrance to the station and people sheltering down on the platform and in the space where the rails would be fitted post war. The book covers the years 1862 to 1962 an immense period of social change not only in London but across the world as countries became embroiled in two world wars, but not all is gloom and doom I promise.

During the writing of this book I made many friends and learned so much about the ever-changing life in east London, it even led me to eventually take over as the Chairwoman of the Stairway to Heaven charity.

You can see here a photo of the completed memorial, we still raise funds for its upkeep. For more details please go to Stairway to Heaven Memorial

Having written this book, there really was no stopping me and my next subject was to be the Huguenots!

Huguenots are French protestants and I had known almost all my life that my father’s family had originally been Huguenots and that they had fled from France to escape persecution.

What an amazing journey I have been on to write this book. I have criss-crossed various areas of France during wonderful research trips and made many friends in far flung regions of the world, including – Australia, Canada, America, Mexico as well as Germany and the Netherlands. I even met a very helpful French taxi driver in Toulouse who helped me find a certain building important to Huguenot history.

Again, I chose the route of identifying what people would like and even expect a book about the Huguenots to contain and from all the shared hopes and requests of these willing helpers I was able to write about 500 years of history not only in France but across the world. Along the way I have again made some wonderful discoveries including distant Huguenot relatives on both sides of the Channel as well as some of the everyday items that were invented by Huguenots and which still enhance our daily lives. This book has just been relaunched as a second edition in paperback and as an e-book.

So, where will this life changing event of a few years ago take me next? I think the answer is, it will take me, as an author, on future, for me untrodden paths, where I shall happily explore more subjects to write about. I have also discovered another niche – giving talks about various aspects of history that affect our daily lives, I frequently blog about key events too and I have also begun to give talks on-line. You can find out more on my blog

I think it is fair to say that from adversity there was a new, and as it turns out, and exciting beginning for me; without the spine issues I would probably not have found the courage to begin writing.

Fate certainly does move in mysterious ways – and for me, I am delighted it has.

Joyce’s books are also in Eversion.

One of the reviews for The Story of the Huguenots: A Unique Legacy

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.

Joyce Hampton, Buy: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Joyce  : Goodreads – Website:Not Just Another Book Twitter: @NJABOfficial

 

My thanks to Joyce for sharing her story of the life changing moment that prompted her to write her first book…I know that she would love your feedback.. thanks Sally.

 

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

Follow Joyce Hampton on : Goodreads

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.