Object of the Week: We bring you a symbol of the struggles faced by one French family more than 400 years ago
The Fasquest family lived in the Drôme area of France and hid their faith. This hidden bible dates from around 1588-1590 – a time when the French state wanted Huguenots to give up their faith and become Catholic, persecuting those who refused.
© Huguenot Museum / French Hospital Collection
Their family story tells that during a search of their home this bible was baked in a loaf of bread to hide it from state soldiers. The title page has been removed to conceal the printer’s identity.
The pages also list a record of family births, marriages and death until 1625.
- The reopened Huguenot Museum, in Rochester, is open now.
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