|Among the many notes that could be made, I'll only make one. These red stones are not so naturally. When the real princess of these lands, Eleanor of Aquitaine, married the King of France Louis VII, many subjects were not happy at all. Count William of Talmont refused to pay homage to his new lord from Paris. Louis VII was perhaps the most religious man of his age, and the leader of the Second Crusade for the Christian Conquest of Jerusalem and the East. Here near home, however, his violence was no less intense than his wars to conquer and civilize the East. These red stones attest the incendiary fury of Louis VII against any who hesitated to recognize his absolute authority.|
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