French Wars of Religion
Martial Parties: Protestants and Catholics in France; Phase: March 1562- April 1598; Death toll: 2-4 million
Open aggression between the two religions was resulted by the Massacre of Vassy in March 1562 that lead to war. Later, in order to battle against the English by whom Le Havre has been occupied, the parties managed to unite resentful. Between 1562 and 1598, the entire period was crammed with mostly temporary ceasefires, wars and struggle in order to establish dominion as leading power.