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Meaning of Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre

Saint" Barthol'omew's Day" Mas'sacre

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  1. a massacre of over 3000 Huguenots, instigated by Catherine de Médicis and begun in Paris on St. Bartholomew's Day, August 24, 1572.
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