The Huguenots were Calvinist Protestants in 16th and 17th century France who were intermittently persecuted by the majority Catholic population. At the end of the 17th century many of them sought better lives abroad, some coming to Ireland. Traces of their lives enter the world of the novel: names, business ventures, a graveyard, an opera.

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The Massacre of Vassy, late 16th century painting by Frans Hogenberg.
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The St. Bartholomew Day's Massacre, late 16th century painting by François Dubois, held in the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, Lausanne.
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The gate of the Huguenot Cemetery in Dublin, in a 2018 photograph by Gary Kearney. Source:

Inside the Huguenot Cemetery, in a 2018 photograph by Sonse. 
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