(The). The massacre of St. Bartholomew, part of the wedding festivity at the marriage of Henri of Navarre and Margaret of France.
“Charles IX., although it was not possible for him to recall to life
the countless victims of the Parisian Wedding, was ready to explain
those murders to every unprejudiced mind.” —
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894