Object of the Week: A bible baked in a loaf of bread from 16th century southern France

By Ben Miller | 22 July 2015

Object of the Week: We bring you a symbol of the struggles faced by one French family more than 400 years ago

A photo of an ancient bible spread out inside a museum display case
© Huguenot Museum / French Hospital Collection
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.
 
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.


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