BLANQUEFORT = White Fortress = Weiße Festung is a village near Bordeaux on Gironde
Datei:Blanquefort-chateau-001.jpg ..
There are several other castles of BLANQUEFORT,
from where origin descendants of OUR large family/clan may came from
even NOBELs with "important" titles and large influences like
Marquis, Princes, Greatmaster of Crusaders ...?

Earliest initiative for the First Crusade in 1095 when Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos requested military support from the Council of Piacenza in the empire's conflict with the Seljuk-led Turks,
with an incredible human stretch. They cried: "God Willis / Gott will es!"

Pope Urban II supported the Byzantine request for military assistance and also urged faithful Christians to undertake an armed pilgrimage to Jerusalem,
start as Templars in the First Crusade (1096–1099), reached Jerusalem 1099,
during which its defenders were ruthlessly massacred.
At least one Templar-Grandmasters of "my" family/clan were in the holy city of Jerusalem (w
here I had been twice). It was not an easy - a misguided - life! Zurück RNL



The great reformator Johannes Calvin (1509-1564) was i
n the Area of Bordeaux/BLANQUEORT

Huguenots/Calvinist/Reformierte => a religious group of French Protestants
were concentrated in the southern and western parts of the Kingdom of France,

Huguenots gained influence and opened their faith, thereby Catholic hostility/Feindseligkeit grew.
Series French Wars of Religion followed, from 1562 to 1598.

Huguenots were led by Jeanne d'Albret;
her son, the future Henry IV (who later convert to Catholicism to become king). The wars ended with the Edict of Nantes, which granted the Huguenots substantial religious, political and military autonomy.

Huguenot rebellions in the 1620s resulted in the abolition of their political and military privileges. They retained the religious provisions of the Edict of Nantes until the rule of Louis XIV, who gradually increased persecution of Protestantism until he issued the Edict of Fontainebleau (1685).

This ended legal recognition of Protestantism in France and the Huguenots were forced to either convert to Catholicism or flee as refugees; they were subject to violent dragonnades/Strafmaßnahmen.

Louis XIV reduced the French Huguenot population from about 900,000 or 800,000 to just 1,000 or 1,500.

The remaining Huguenots faced continued persecution under Louis XV. By the time of his death in 1774, Calvinism had been nearly eliminated from France. Persecution of Protestants officially ended with the Edict of Versailles, signed by Louis XVI in 1787. Two years later, with the Revolutionary Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789, Protestants gained equal rights as citizens                          .Zurück RNL


C. Family BLANQUEFORT / Blankenforth in the present,
all over the world!
Many refugees

went to Netherlands, a Calvinistic country. There are still many people with the name Blankevoort (see Facebook).

Also in Germany/Ostfriesland: so family BLANKENFORTH.
With farmer Dirk BLANKENFORTH in Obenstrohe, before Altjührden, we proved our relationship, with the same ancestors like Gerd Blankenforth 1778/Altjührden-1827/Jethausen. near Varel

Result: We are descendants from the Calvinistic/reformed Huguenots
and belong to a world-wide Family BLANQUEFORT?Zurück RNL

[Unchecked coming from Normandy ... and are were Vikings?]