Warsaw Confederation Guarantees Religious Freedom

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Polish and Lithuanian nobility sign a document guaranteeing religious freedom for adherents of all religious faiths. Signatories also pledge to support each other, even if those who belong to different religions. Members of radical religious sects elsewhere in Europe will find a safe haven in Poland because they won't be persecuted for heresy here.

Whereas other European nations eventually adopted similar principles in the wake of war and violence, this was chosen voluntarily during a time of peace precisely so such violence wouldn't happen. The nobility were particularly inspired by the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in France and wanted to ensure that their own king could never commit such crimes.

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