First French War of Religion

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First French War of Religion
France became embroiled in a religious civil war between the Huguenots and Catholics. The war was touched off by the massacre of Hugenots at Vassy on March 1. The Hugenots retailiated by killing priests and raping nuns. The Hugenots maintained a hold on Orleans, Lyon and Rouen. Queen Elizabeth of England pledged her support to the Hugenots.