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Testaments Of Faith: Wills Of Huguenot Refugees In England As A Window On Their Past

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In a field neglected by historians and sociologists - the making of wills - Henry Wagner harvested a rich and bountiful crop. His interest in the Huguenots was aroused when he discovered that his ancestor Melchior Wagner, an immigrant from Silesia, had married in 1714 Mary Anne Teulon, daughter of a Huguenot refugee from Valleraugues in the Languedoc. This chapter gives some impressions of the attitudes of refugees at the end of their lives to the religious and social motivations that drove them into exile, and of the apportionment of their estates among relatives, friends and charitable institutions. The abstracts were made mainly to satisfy Wagner's genealogical needs and the small random selection examined in the chapter often omit references to religion and exile, and names of beneficiaries who in extreme cases run into the hundreds in a single will.

Keywords: exile; Henry Wagner; Huguenot refugee; Valleraugues; wills



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