Postage stamps

This section presents stamps from France that have been issued by La Poste in honour of the historical figures and facts mentioned in the museum’s tour.

The first protesters – The Cathars

Refugees in the fortress of Montsegur, in Ariège (France), the last Cathars were burned alive in 1244.

Stamp published on 20/09/2004 - Print run : 6 000 000 copies
Stamp published on 17/09/1984 - Print run : 8 000 000 copies

Pierre BAYLE (1647-1706) Philosopher and writer

Pierre Bayle (1647-1706), philosopher and writer, was born in Carla Bayle (Ariège). An ardent defender of tolerance and free thought (freedom to practice the religion of his choice, idea of a moral independent of religion) he was a forerunner of secularism. 

Envelope first day of issue
Stamp published on 02/05/2006 - Print run : 5 000 000 copies

The history of Protestantism through official texts

From the edict of Nantes (1598) to the law of separation of religions and the state (1905)

Stamp published on 10/11/1969 print run 7 500 000 copies
Stamp published on 20/04/1998 print run 5 367 150 copies
Huguenots
Tercentenary of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes Stamp published on 02/09/1985 print run 10 000 000 copies
Stamp published on 05/12/2005 print run 3 278 700 copies

The two main architects of the Reformation

Martin Luther (1483 – 1546) was at the origin of the Reformation in terms of ideas.

John Calvin (1509 – 1564) is the organizer of the Churches of the Reformation. 

Stamp published on 14/02/1983 print run 8 000 000 copies
Stamp published on 25/05/1964 print run 2 755 000 copies
Stamp published on 25/05/2009 print run 2 500 000 copies

The history of Protestantism in the 19th and 20th centuries

Pauline Kergomard (1838-1925), appointed by Jules Ferry in 1881 as inspector general of the nursery schools she founded

Two pastors were the originators of Freemasonry in 1728.

Pastor Marc Boegner (1881 – 1970) president of the Protestant Federation of France from 1929 to 1961.
Elected to the French Academy in 1962.

Stamp issued on 11/10/1985 print run 7 000 000 copies
Stamp issued on 30/06/2003 print run 4 349 906 copies
Stamp issued on 16/11/1981 print run 3 200 000 copies