The drownings at Nantes


The terror attacks in Paris have turned the thoughts of many to France and the sordid history of the French republic. I am always a little shocked when I read detailed accounts of the French revolution.  The atrocities are so recent (just 200+ years) – and so obviously motivated by secular ideas still widely held – that it all hits very close to home.

I don’t usually think of the present French regime as being unapologetically in continuity with Robespierre and Jacobinism, but maybe I’m wrong about that. In any case, it probably wouldn’t take much for our most “progressive” leaders to excuse or even condone these atrocities. Just a manufactured “crisis” that renders the “intolerant” intolerable.

Yesterday, November 16, commemorated the first mass drowning of 90 Catholic priests in the Loire River in 1793. The total number of priests, nuns, and other “royalist sympathizers” cruelly executed by drowning in subsequent weeks is unknown, but scholarly estimates range from 1800 to 9000. Read the Wiki article for details.

4 thoughts on “The drownings at Nantes

  1. The ignorance of liberal secularists about their own murderous movement is … precious, for lack of a better word. In a matter of months in this one little place secular revolutionaries murdered many times more people than can be attributed to the Inquisition across all of Europe over a period of centuries, under the most tendentious possible spin.

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  2. I did not know this of France and the ROT (Reign of Terror). Such a history!

    Makes one wonder why all the liberals aren’t castigating France for this period of her history, forcing the Government to admit their racist attitude and legislate reparation payments to the Catholic Church and all the known relatives of the martyrs.

    And the liberals of Spain should go before the UN and petition that august body to force reparation payments from Turkey for the Moors centuries of atrocities against its citizens.

    OH, wait….all this is against Catholics. No news here. Move along.

    God help us.


  3. I don’t usually think of the present French regime as being unapologetically in continuity with Robespierre and Jacobinism, but maybe I’m wrong about that.

    In my (very) limited experience, modern French politicians display a curious 2-step in speaking of the French Revolution. On the one hand, for much of the 1800’s it seems it was de rigueur to speak positively, nay to speak glowingly of “the Revolution”. To this day on the Continent, in philosophy in general and especially in political philosophy, “the Revolution” was the historical turning point to the Enlightenment (sic) become real. There is only one revolution that is spoken of as just “the Revolution”, when you don’t add a qualifier it is the French one. The de rigueur form of speech of the 1800’s made its way into the national rhetorical forms almost as a (positive) natural entity in its own right, kind of like “stars and stripes’ automatically stands for the bravery of the men of Concord, or Fort McHenry. In this mode of speech, there is almost no way to actually prescind from affirming the Revolution even to ask whether it was good.

    On the other hand, Frenchmen, and even politicians, no more want to laud the explicit murder of women and children than anyone else does. They don’t actually affirm this aspect of the Revolution, and don’t hold themselves “in continuity” with it even if they imagine themselves in continuity with “the Revolution”. (By and large, since they nearly all present themselves as in continuity with the Revolution, that does nothing to distinguish one from another, and it is generally meaningless rhetoric anyway, is my guess.) I don’t know whether they mentally separate out the Revolution from the RoT, or the principal goals of the tribunals that became the RoT from the revolting end product, or what.


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