The Vendée was a precursor of the 20th-century genocides, taking about 600,000 Catholic lives in a population of just over a million. Of that number, approximately one-half died from state-induced cold and starvation, including at least 100,000 children. Another 210,000 civilians were 'liquidated' by the State (figures from the Encyclopaedia Quid, 1985). The manner in which the murders were …More
The Vendée was a precursor of the 20th-century genocides, taking about 600,000 Catholic lives in a population of just over a million. Of that number, approximately one-half died from state-induced cold and starvation, including at least 100,000 children. Another 210,000 civilians were 'liquidated' by the State (figures from the Encyclopaedia Quid, 1985). The manner in which the murders were carried out is as impressive as their number. The desire of revolutionary killers to dip their hands in the blood of their victims is fascinating. For example, Mathieu Jouve Jourdan, “the head cutter,” sawed off the head of the Marquis de Launay. The grand executioner Jouve, who personally slaughtered 621 people, made sure that his hands were always soaked in blood, as when he cut off the legs and arms of a wine merchant and then proceeded to wash his hands in the resulting red puddle. During the martyrdom of Fr. Pierre de Lartigue, a woman shot the priest in his face with a rifle, another cut off his head, and their accomplices immediately rushed to soak their clothes in his warm blood. In Vance in 1792, three priests were butchered piece by piece. After the martyrdom of Fr. Claude-François Guilhermet, his remains—head, tongue, fingers—were scattered on the tables of nearby cafes or hung on tricolor ribbons in the street. ... [It was a Satanic Revolution that happened in France]
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Reign of Terror: A Bastille-Day Meditation - Chronicles

Bastille Day, July 14, is the central holiday of the French Republic. Whether celebrated, condemned, or grudgingly justified in the name of …
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