The Revolution and the Vendée Wars
The civil war of 1793 was a royalist rebellion against republican power by the "Catholic and Royal army" in the Vendée which left its mark on the whole region. Many monument and crosses today bear witness to the violence inflicted by the infernal columns of General Turreau and the great courage of the Vendéen leaders who became famous during the battles. The capture of General Charette in 1796, not far from the site of La Chabotterie, marked the end of the Vendée Wars. He was taken to Nantes to be tried and was executed.
In the footsteps of the Vendée Wars:
The Memorial at Lucs sur Boulogne and the stained glass windows in the church are reminders of the massacre of 28th February 1794 (564 victims, including 110 children under the age of 7, sheltering in the church).
In Saint Sulpice le Verdon, the Logis de la Chabotterie offers an insight into the slow pace of life in the local countryside at the end of the 18th century.
Near to the Memorial in Lucs sur Boulogne is the Historial de la Vendée, a modern museum which takes you back through time from the Stone Age to the 20th century. An exhibition is dedicated to this period.
In Brouzils, the Refuge de Grasla shows what life was like for people taking refuge deep in the Grasla forest in the winter of 1794. Informative and fun.
The Puy du Fou® in Les Epesses, Grand Parc and Cinescenie where you can relive the history of the Vendée, also covers this period.
The Chapel of Tulévrière in Saint Etienne du Bois, is the only chapel built during the Vendée Wars in 1794 and was built by inhabitants of the locality. It was built to thank the Virgin for the protection afforded to the hamlet during the infernal columns.