Mar. 30th, 2011

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Mar. 30th, 2011 09:43 am
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My great great grandfather told his daughter, who was snobbish and anxious to discover distinguished ancestors, "Your ancestors fought at Derry (1689) until they were lousy, and that is honor enough for you."

It's interesting to tease out what that means. I'd forgotten the edict of Nantes was revoked in 1685. My folks were pissed, the most ferocious of the ferocious platoons Protestant soldiers against the Irish. There were three regiments of Huguenot foot soldiers and one cavalry, according to Macauley, who marched to the relief of Londonderry. Foot regiments raised by Marquess of Ruvigny, one led by his son Caillemote, the other two foot regiments by La Melloniere and Cambon under Schomberg's command in the defense of William (Prot king, Wm and Mary). Macauley says, the dislike with which the most zealous English Protestant regarded the House of Bourbon and the Church of Rome was a lukewarm feeling when compared to the inextinguishable hatred which glowed in the bosom of the persecuted, dragooned, expatriated Calvinist of Languedoc. The Irish had already remarked that the French heretic neither gave nor took quarter."

I prolly should read up on the counter reformation n stuff. First, I finish Montaillou, the amazing and incandescent nouvelle vague history of the last Cathar village, extirpated in the Inquisition in 1314 or something like it. Then I read my Languedoc cookbook.

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