Hundreds of years earlier a more united Christendom had already worked
miracles in this part of the world. The Abbey of Maillezais will
celebrate this year its 1000th anniversary. Founded in 1003 by the Dukes
of Aquitaine this monastery would be among the most prosperous in the world
for hundreds of years. Its ruin came in fact at the hands of Protestants
in the generation before Richelieu began his campaign to wipe out this heresy.