European Settlers in Britain: 1550-1720. First International Conference proceedings of the Felixstowe Family History Society, 19-21 May 1995. Comb-binding. No index. Available from Mrs. Lake, 16 Western Avenue, Felixstowe IP11 9SB. £7.50 plus £3 p&h.

This collection of seven papers provides an excellent resource for those seeking ancestors who came to England from the continent of Europe.

The articles are: "Reformation and Revolt in the Netherlands and the Refugee Communities in England," by Ludo Vanadamme; "Arrival in Britain: Netherlanders in South East England 1550-1603," by Marcel Backhouse; "The Grand Refuge: Patterns of Huguenot Migration," by Randolph Vigne; "Huguenots in Spitalfields 1680-1720," by Mary Bayliss; "The Strangers in Norwich 1565-1700," by Douglas Rickwood; "Sources of Information on European Settlers," by Susan Highley.

The story of these European refugees began with the reaction of the Emperor Charles V to the spread of Protestantism within the Holy Roman Empire and his possessions in the Netherlands. The enforcement of the Interim of Augsburg (1548) and the Edict of Blood (1550) brought about the exodus that settled many religious refugees in London, Kent and East Anglia.

These proceedings provide a good resource for understanding the history of these refugees and provide numerous references for further research. A minor problem is that the titles in the table of contents do not match the titles on many of the papers.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.3 no.3, 1996