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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The Academy of Sedan (Fr.: Académie de Sedan) was a Huguenot academy in Sedan, founded in 1579 and suppressed in 1681. It was one of the main centres for the production of Reformed pastors in France for a hundred years.



The Academy of Sedan was modeled on the Academy of Geneva (which is today the University of Geneva), which was founded by John Calvin in 1559. It was organized by the efforts of Françoise de Bourbon-Vendôme, Princess of Sedan, daughter of Louis III de Bourbon, Duke of Montpensier and wife of Henri-Robert de La Marck, Prince of Sedan (the first Prince of Sedan) in 1579. It was initially known as the College of Sedan (Collège de Sedan). In 1601, the National Synod of the Reformed Church of France, meeting in Jargeau, voted to transform the College of Sedan into its Academy for the training of pastors. The Academy of Sedan was suppressed in 1681 as part of Louis XIV's anti-Protestant measures that would climax in the 1685 Edict of Fontainebleau.

Famous Professors

Before the Organization of the Academy

Professors of Law (one chair)

Professors of Greek (one or two chairs depending on the time)

Professors of Hebrew (one chair)

Professors of Theology (three chairs)

Professors of Philosophy (two chairs)

Professors of Rhetoric (Latin) (one chair)

Professors of Mathematics (one chair)

Professors of Physics (one chair)

Directors of Military Exercises

  • De Saint-Martin 1613
  • Du Gast 1680
  • Baron 1681
  • Legrand 1681-1685
  • also influential was the engineer Jean Errard, who taught in the military academy

Famous Alumni


  • Pierre-Daniel Bourchenin, Étude sur les académies protestantes en France au XVIe et au XVIIe siècle (Paris: Grassart, 1882).
  • Pierre Congar, Jean Lecaillon et Jacques Rousseau, Sedan et le pays sedanais, vingt siècles d’histoire (Paris: Guénégaud, 1969; Marseille: Laffitte Reprints, 1978)

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