Huguenot Jo

Puritanism has been described as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy”.  It’s taken me a long time to realise that my upbringing in a tiny Strict Baptist sect was essentially a Puritan upbringing: our chapel was an isolated little pocket of Christian fundamentalism, right at the edge of ordinary, workaday Protestantism.

Quite how my family got itself stuck in a fundamentalist rut is one of the puzzles I try to excavate in the Huguenot Jo blog.  Our mulish opposition to religious conformism and the state arose from our Huguenot roots - and our ancestors’ secret flight from savage persecution at the hands of French Catholics.

The Blog

The blog is the heart of the Huguenot Jo website.  You can sign up to follow it by email (at the bottom of each page) or via social media.

In the blog, I’m exploring what happened to my family within the wider story of the Huguenots and their part in European history and culture. 

Protestantism has a particular take on the role of women in society: women's rage and "the outcast woman" are recurrent themes. 


The About page outlines the origins of the blog, and lists Huguenot names borne by my forebears.

The Bibliography lists all the books and films I’ve consulted, reviewed or recommended as sources; the Resources section lists recommended websites for further leads.

Frequently Asked Questions tries to answer the most common questions about Huguenots, Strict Baptists and the blog.  The Gallery is a great place for inspiration and to browse pictures illustrating Huguenot history.


“…those electrifying moments in your blog posts when you bring personal experience to bear on an historical or cultural theme…”
~ Professor Jon Cook, University of East Anglia

Recent posts

Thanksgiving Thursday: starting a New World Order

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End of an era for The Huguenots of Spitalfields

The Huguenots of Spitalfields, a charity set up by the boundlessly energetic Charlie de Wet, has announced its closure. I have files and files of notes I took on Huguenots of Spitalfields outings.  I reckon the first one I went on was in 2014, but 2015 was a really...

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Too many men – Women of Bedford protest

There are eleven statues in the town of Bedford, and not one of them is of a woman.  A vigorous local campaign has grown up to put that right. The campaign group Women of Bedford wants to erect the first statue in the town to celebrate a woman - educational reformer,...

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