ABSTRACT

Protestant who fled France to seek refuge elsewhere from religious persecution in the 17th and 18th centuries, esp. following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685,” and indeed, in the earliest appearances of refugie, Benjamin Priolo’s and Christopher Wase’s The History of France (1671) and Gilbert Burnet’s Tracts (1689), the refugee experience is explicitly connected to the Huguenots (OED).4 But while early modern England welcomed Huguenots, the same hospitality was not accorded to Anabaptists. Like the Huguenots, Anabaptists were persecuted in Europe, but unlike Huguenots, Anabaptists arriving in England in the midsixteenth-century were considered radicals and condemned.5