Gardens and Gore

When the Republicans decided that no further resistance could be tolerated, a series of absolutely mortal assaults were sent to crush the resistance.  The village we visit today is a twin town called Les Lucs.  Here the men, the women, the children were taken by force and massacred by the Republic.  Inside the Memorial of Vendée, each stone here stands for one of the 564 massacred on February 28, 1794.  The aim was to so impress the region that no further resistance would be possible.  The effect was the opposite.  Those of this region will not, will never, will not ever forget.  They may well forgive, however, and that is another lesson of those days that "illustrate" the worst of our humanity.
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