Lest we forget . . .

When Louis and his wife were guillotined, many in this part of France were shocked.  In the name of "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity", the new Republic also confiscated the property of the Church and sold the holdings to the highest bidder.  The abolishment of privileges accorded to the nobility also shocked many.  The fact that none of these measures helped the peasants in the country here only made matters worse.  From the nobleman's perspective, the world was being wrecked.  From the peasant's perspective, all the new advantages were being given to the merchant class that had already abused of its financial power.  Vendée thus revolted against the Revolution.  The Republic reacted by sending troupes against its own people.  To the left we see a mobile forge used by the Revolutionary army in its campaign against the rebels here.
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