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Antoine Marcourt, Placard contre la messe, Pierre de Vingle, Neuchâtel, 1534. Musée de l'Imprimerie de Lyon, inv. 351

Affair of the Placards

On the night of 17–18 October 1534, in Paris and four other cities in France, French Protestants put up placards, or posters, attacking the Catholic mass. They even posted one on the door of the bedchamber of François I in Amboise. The placards, which were printed in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, were written by Antoine Marcourt, a pastor from Neuchatel. Marcourt was an ardent follower of Huldrych Zwingli, the most important reformer in the Swiss Protestant Reformation. Severe repression followed.

Algorithm

A systematic procedure that produces – in a finite number of steps – the answer to a question or the solution of a problem.