~A tale of the Huguenots of Languedoc
by Grace Raymond
originally published early 1900s
For my 16th birthday I held a Ladies’ Literary Tea. All of the young ladies that I invited dressed up as a character from a favorite book and gave us all a little synopsis of the book. One of the girls chose How They Kept the Faith. I was immediately intrigued by the story because although I am descended from French Huguenots I know little about them. I want to know more, so I saw this book as an excellent opportunity. I was planning on looking it up until I discovered that my friend had gotten it for me as my gift!
The Huguenots were French Protestants branded as Heretics by the Catholic church and treated accordingly.
The book is mainly about a girl named Eglantine who was given up by her mother secretly because of religious persecution within her own family (her deceased husband’s family was Catholic and she was Protestant). Eglantine grows up in a Huguenot family knowing that she is not their true daughter. She is a passionate girl, who believes that she would be able to stand against the harshest of persecutions without giving in. At the beginning of her story she has much to learn.
The story is inviting, full of adventure and plot twists while not being unrealistic. Its ending surprised me.
I would recommend this book to young people, in particular girls, 13 years and older, simply because the writing style and vocabulary used make it more difficult read.
*Posted for the March of Books on YLCF*