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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 573 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BRIQUEMAULT (or BRIQUEMAUT), FRANOIS DE BEAUVAIS, SEIGNEUR DE (c. 1502-1572), leader of the Huguenots during the first religious wars, was the son of Adrien de Briquemault and Alexane de Sainte Ville, and was born about 1502. His first campaign was under the count of Brissac in the Piedmontese wars. On his return to France in 1554 he joined Admiral Coligny. Charged with the defence of Rouen, in 1562, he resigned in favour of Montgomery, to whom the prince of Conde had entrusted the task, and went over to England, where he concluded the treaty of Hampton Court on the loth of September. He then returned to France, and took Dieppe from the Catholics before the conclusion of peace. If his share in the second religious war was less important, he played a very active part in the third. He fought at Jarnac, Roche-Abeille and Montcontour, assisted in the siege of Poitiers, was nearly captured by the Catholics at Bourg-Dieu, re-victualled Vezelay, and almost surprised Bourges. In 1570, being charged by Coligny to stop the army of the princes in its ascent of the Rhone valley, he crossed Burgundy and effected his junctionwith the admiral at St `Etienne in May. On the 21st of the following June he assisted in achieving the victory of Arnayle-Due, and was then employed to negotiate a marriage between the prince of Navarre and Elizabeth of England. Being in Paris on the night. of St Bartholomew he took refuge in the house of the English ambassador, but was arrested there. With his friend Arnaud de Cavagnes he was delivered over to the parlement, and failed in courage when confronted with his judges, seeking, to escape death by unworthy means. He was condemned, nevertheless, on the 27th of October 1572, to the last penalty and to the confiscation of his property, and on the 20th of October he and Cavagnes were executed. See Histoire eccle'siastique des Eglises rfformees an royaume de France . (new edition, 1884), vol. ii.; La France protestante (2nd edition), vol. article " Beauvais."
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