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"My Heart Is A Scotch Heart": Scottish Calvinist Exiles In France In Their Continental Context: 1605–1638

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Andrew Melville has been seen as the most prominent member of the Presbyterian confession in Scotland, and as such he may be expected, in residence on the continent, to have assumed the position of 'leader' of the Scottish Calvinist exiles there. The integration of Scots with the French Huguenots has rarely been examined satisfactorily and, where the relationship has been recognised, Huguenot refugees in England have often been the focus, links with Scotland and British settlement within the Huguenot communities in France being neglected. France should no longer simply be viewed as a 'Catholic haven' for religious refugees and students in 1627, as the Scottish Presbyterian community in France was also substantial. The temporary stays sought by many, and evident desires of most to return to their homeland suggest that Scots abroad had a vested interest in the outcome of religious controversy at home.

Keywords: Andrew Melville; Catholic haven; Continental context; France; French Huguenots; homeland; Presbyterian confession; Scottish calvinist exiles



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