Lead: In the long struggle to achieve religious toleration in a Europe torn by sectarian strife, one of the most important milestones on the road was the Edict of Nantes.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the centuries prior to the Protestant Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church in France increasingly came under the control of the royal government. With its structure and officialdom filled with the relatives, supporters, political allies and clients of the King and his family, perhaps even more than other nations, the Church in France was an integral part of way the government  maintained its power.