9.11.07

La Marseillaise de les Blancs

The Catholic and Royal Army also had a version of the Marseillaise. This tune was a major aid in defeating the first republican army thrown against it, when the aged commander of the "blues" thought he heard a reenforcment army approaching and was shocked to see they were attacking instead.

La Marseillaise de les Blancs
Come on, Catholic army!
The day of glory has arrived.
Keep the Republic at bay,
the bloody standard has been raised!
the bloody standard has been raised!
Do you hear in the country
the impure cries of the renegades?
They come all the way into your arms
to take away your daughters and your wives.
To arms inhabitants of Poitou!
Form your battalions!
March on!
March on
The blood of the Blues will redden the fields

Allons armée Catholique,
Le jour de gloire est arrive.
Contre-nous de la République,
L'étendard sanglant est levé,
L'étendard sanglant est levé!
Ontondez-vous dans tchiès campagnes
Les cris impurs diaux scélérats?
Le venant duchque dans vous bras
Prendre vous feuilles et vous femmes.
Aux armes Poitevins! Formez vous bataillons!
Marchons! Marchons!
Le sang daux Bieux rougira nos seillons!


Une Foi, un Roi, Une France.
Vive le Roi.

La Marseillaise

Few times in history has there been a revolt of the "masses" who wished to overthrow the rightful government bloodlessly. The French Revolution was no exception. Today I provide an English translation tothe French national anthem. This is what they sing in republican France. Read the words closely. When I read it I remember the words of the Horst Wessel Lied

La Marseillaise
Arise children of the fatherland
The day of glory has arrived
Against us tyranny's
Bloody standard is raised
Listen to the sound in the fields
The howling of these fearsome soldiers
They are coming into our midst
To cut the throats of your sons and consorts

To arms citizens Form your battalions
March, march
Let impure blood
Water our furrows

What do they want this horde of slaves
Of traitors and conspiratorial kings?
For whom these vile chains
These long-prepared irons?
Frenchmen, for us, ah! What outrage
What methods must be taken?
It is us they dare plan
To return to the old slavery!

What! These foreign cohorts!
They would make laws in our courts!
What! These mercenary phalanxes
Would cut down our warrior sons
Good Lord! By chained hands
Our brow would yield under the yoke
The vile despots would have themselves be
The masters of destiny

Tremble, tyrants and traitors
The shame of all good men
Tremble! Your parricidal schemes
Will receive their just reward
Against you we are all soldiers
If they fall, our young heros
France will bear new ones
Ready to join the fight against you

Frenchmen, as magnanimous warriors
Bear or hold back your blows
Spare these sad victims
That they regret taking up arms against us
But not these bloody despots
These accomplices of Bouillé
All these tigers who pitilessly
Ripped out their mothers' wombs

We too shall enlist
When our elders' time has come
To add to the list of deeds
Inscribed upon their tombs
We are much less jealous of surviving them
Than of sharing their coffins
We shall have the sublime pride
Of avenging or joining them

Drive on sacred patriotism
Support our avenging arms
Liberty, cherished liberty
Join the struggle with your defenders
Under our flags, let victory
Hurry to your manly tone
So that in death your enemies
See your triumph and our glory!

Listen here

Vive le Roi!

8.11.07

French Revolutionary Calendar

It was not enough for the revolution to "overthrow" Christianity. To them every trace of the past must be undone. The measuring system which had lasted since the bible was changed to a decimal system. ...and then came the calendar. That system of counting days given to us by God could not stand in the rationality of the Revolution. Since it served as a means of calculation for Holy Days and Sundays itmust be mastered and so done away with.

The following is an essay written in 1934 by Brinton. He was a friend of the revolution.

Added this day of 16 of Brumaire CCXVI

Crane Brinton on the French Revolutionary calendar

The culmination...of revolutionary propaganda was its new calendar. Almanacs had been from the beginning of the Revolution a favorite and successful method of spreading the word. Collot d'Herbois himself had won, with his Almanach du Père Gérard, a prize offered by the Paris Jacobins for a work to spread the new ideas in simple language.

But for the Jacobins of 1794 it was not enough to print good republican moral counsels, after the manner of Franklin, at the appropriate dates and seasons. The whole calendar must be made over. The existing calendar perpetuated the "frauds" of the Christian church and was highly irrational and inconvenient.

The new calendar, based on a report of Fabre d'Églantine, was adopted by the Convention in October, 1793. By it the year began on September 22 of the old calendar, and was divided into twelve months of thirty days each, leaving five days (six in leap years) over at the end of the last month. These five or six days were to be known as the Sans-culottides, and were to be a series of national holidays. Each month was divided into three weeks, called décades, the last day of each décade being set aside as a day of rest corresponding to the old Sunday.

The months were grouped into four sets of three, by seasons, and given "natural" names, some of which are rather attractive-- vendémiaire, brumaire, frimaire (autumn); nivôse, pluviôse, ventôse (winter); germinal, floréal, prairial (spring); messidor, thermidor, fructidor (summer). The days of the décade were named arithmetically--primidi, duodi, on to décadi. In place of the old saints' days, each day was dedicated to a suitable fruit, vegetable, animal, agricultural implement.

The Sans-culottides were dedicated, the first to Genius, the second to Labor, the third to Noble Actions, the fourth to Awards, and the fifth to Opinion. This last was to be a sort of intellectual saturnalia, an opportunity for all citizens to say and write what they liked about any public man, without fear of the law of libel. The sixth Sans-culottide of leap years was dedicated to the Revolution, and was to be an especially solemn and grand affair. The republican era was to date from the declaration of the republic in September, 1792. When the calendar came into use, the year I had already elapsed.

In spite of its symmetry and its poetic months of budding and of mist, the new calendar was not a success, and Napoleon abandoned it in the year XII (1804). Workingmen preferred one day's rest in seven to one in ten; its terminology, appropriate to the climate of France, was singularly inappropriate to that of the Southern Hemisphere; it embodied a new cult, and that cult, though it profoundly influenced Christians then and since, failed completely to supplant Christian terminology. The calendar and its fate form in many ways a neat summary of Jacobin history.


--from A Decade of Revolution, 1789-1799 (1934)

7. Be not deceived, God is not mocked. 8. For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit, of the spirit shall reap life everlasting.

Galatians 6, 7-8
Douay-Rheims Bible

The Politics of Fashion in Revolutionary France

Le Bonnet Rouge, Phrygian Cap, Cap of Liberty,
Borrowed from Roman tradition, the bonnet rouge became a symbol of liberty during the revolution. And is apparent to this day in french national iconography.An elongated soft woolen cap with the tip pulled forward, it became an every day staple of revolutionary dress, particularly by the sans-culottes.

The Tricolour Cockade:

A roundel of ribbon to be worn mostly on hats. in 1789 the tricolore was adopted as a means to declare your revolutionary sympathies, and later as a national symbol of the new France. By July 1792 a law was passed making it mandatory for all men to wear the tricolore cocarde. The following year the Societé des Républicaines-Révolutionnaires, a fervently Republican club of middle and lower class women, took to the streets threatening to whip any woman who failed to don their cockade, even though the wearing of them had not been mandated for women. So they petitioned the Convention requesting such a law make it on the books.

Source: The Politics of Appearances: Representations of Dress in Revolutionary France

7.11.07

The Great Monarch

I am not talking about a butterfly here...

My Daughter Michelle-Renee, asked me "Who is this "Great Monarch" that I keep invoking"?. I have tryed to tell her but I find the explanation too long to say in a sound bite. I first heard about the Great Monarch having been alluded to in a film documentary about the Provence and Ste. Madeline. I wrote a Frenchman from Versailles about this and he replied me 'Oh yes there are a number of prophecies concerning this". To say the least I was taken aback a bit.

As I studied Democracy and Monarchy I found that democracy just has too many flaws to be viable, and although it may begin with the best of intentions, it is open to so much corruption. This is not what is taught in schools but it is visible in every news item. I realized that Democracy is a man made institution and Monarchy is a Divine Institution. I would rather stick with God. Democracy is so entrenched in the American brain that the mere mention of monarchy brings to mind the tyranny of king George III, (...and that was a lie!). Yet Monarchy and Tyranny are opposite each other as water is to oil. I became and remain a convinced Monarchist.

Here then are the Prophecies of the Great Monarch. In short, he will either be French or have be of French ancestry (lily is the symbol of Royal France, he will have a limp because of a wound or deformity of his left leg. He will be the supporter of the true Church and the Papacy. He will make war on Islam. He will be victorious in battle. His name will be Henri. He will die in Jerusalem. (The King of France and Navarre has as his title King of Jerusalem)


Prophecy on the Rise of the Great Monarch

Rudolph Gekner, 17th Century: "His sword will be moved by Divine power..."

Monk Adso (10th Century): "Some of our teachers say that a King of the Franks will possess the entire Roman Empire. He will be the greatest and last of all Monarchs. After having wisely governed his kingdom, he will go into Jerusalem and will lay his sceptre and his crown upon the Mount of Olives. Immediately afterwards, Antichrist will come."

David Poreaus (17th Century): "The Great Monarch will be of French descent, large forehead, large dark eyes, light brown wavy hair, and an eagle nose. He will crush the enemies of the Pope and will conquer the East."

St. Francis of Paola (15th Century) "By the grace of the Almighty, the great Monarch will annihilate heretics and unbelievers. He will have a great army, and angels will fight at his side. He will be like the sun among the stars. His influence will spread over the whole earth. All in all, there will be on earth twelve Kings, one Emperor, one Pope, and a few Princes. They will all lead holy lives."

St. Augustine, 5th Century):" A Frankish King will one day rule over the entire Roman Empire."

Old Saxon prophecy: "He will come from the Fleur-de-Lis..."

St. Cataldus, 5th Century: "... a King of the House of Lilies..."

St. Caesar, 5th Century: "He shall recover the Crown of the Lilies....."

St. Hildegarde, German Abbess, 12th Century: "The White Flower again takes possession of the Throne of France."

Bishop Ageda, 12th Century: "He shall inherit the Crown of the Fleur-de-Lis"

Busto (15th Century): "The angelic Pope shall place an imperial crown on his head."

Remy (5th Century): "He shall reign over the entire ancient Roman Empire."

Aystinger: " ... by whom the ancient glory of the Empire shall be restored. He shall be Emperor of Europe."

St. Francis de Paola (15th Century): "(He and the Holy Pontiff) shall obtain dominion over the whole world.

Holzhauser: "He will restore everything."

St. Hildegarde:"Peace will return when the Lily ascends the Throne again. The land will be very productive."

St. Bridget: "And the earth shall enjoy peace and prosperity."

St. John-Mary Vianney, Cur‚ of Ars (19th Century): "This shall re-establish a peace and prosperity without precedent."

Here are some prophecies worth mentioning of the Great Monarch, because of their similarity and statements that he will walk with a limp....

(Nostradamus, 16th Century): "... Prince's foot impeded ... "

(Old German prophecy): "He will be lame afoot ... "

(Anne-Catherine Emmerich, 19th Century): "God touched the sinew of his hip. He was in great pain and from that day on, he walked with a limp ... "

(Peasant Jasper, Germany): "This Prince shall mount his horse on the right-hand side, because he limps from one foot .... "

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, July 12, 1820: "I had a vision of the holy Emperor Henry. I saw him at night kneeling alone at the foot of the main altar in a great and beautiful church . . . and I saw the Blessed Virgin coming down all alone. She laid on the altar a red cloth covered with white linen. She placed a book inlaid with precious stones. She lit the candles and the perpetual lamp . . . Then came down the Saviour Himself clad in priestly vestments. He was carrying the chalice and the veil. Two Angels were serving Him and two more were following . . . His chasuble was a full and heavy mantle in which red and white could be seen in transparency, and gleaming with jewels . . . Although there was no altar bell, the cruets were there. The wine was red as blood, and there was also some water. The Mass was short. The Gospel of St. John was not read at the end. When the Mass has ended, Mary came up to Henry (the Emperor), and she extended her right hand towards him, saying that it was in recognition of his purity. Then, she urged him not to falter. Thereupon I saw an angel, and he touched the sinew of his hip, like Jacob. He (Henri) was in great pain, and from that day on, he walked with a limp . . . "

The death of the Great Monarch...

Cataldu: "He will at length lay down his Crown in Jerusalem."

Bl. R. Maurus (9th Century): "He will go to Jerusalem, and lay down his Sceptre and Crown on Mount Olive. Thus shall come the end of the Christian Roman Empire."

Monk Adso (10th Century): "He will finally go to Jerusalem and lay down his Sceptre and Crown upon the Mount of Olives. Immediately afterwards, Antichrist will come."

St. Augustine (5th Century): "He shall give up the ghost at Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives."

St. Remy (5/6th Century): "At the end of his most glorious reign, he shall go to Jerusalem, and shall lay down his Crown and Sceptre on the Mount of Olives."

6.11.07

A Short Biography of Saint Joan of Arc


« En nom Dieu, les hommes d'armes batailleront et Dieu leur donnera la victoire. »
"In the name of God the men (at arms) will fight, and God will provide the victory"
Jehanne à Poitiers, mars 1429 (Joan at Poitiers, March 1429)

A Short Biography of Saint Joan of Arc

Many us were inspired by the CBS film on Joan of Arc with Lee Lee Sobieski. Though in my mind it is the best version of the life of Joan many of the fact were distorted or left out to keep the plot going along and making a dramatic film. A good point with this actress is that she was just about the right age which of course the Ingrid Bergman film couldnt quite pull off. Additionally, in the Bergman film, the script was parallel to the book by Mark Twain and the play by Bernard Shaw. The Lee Lee version was identifiably taken from her trial statements and the rehabilitation.

My friend Virginia Frohlick has placed on her site this short biography. I add it to whet the appitite, because, this is just a small portion of the most complete English language site dealing with the Maid. Virginia is the expert on Joan. The link above will transport you to her site.

Saint Joan was born on January 6, 1412, in the village of Domremy to Jacques and Isabelle d'Arc. Joan was the youngest of their five children. While growing up among the fields and pastures of her village, she was called Jeannette but when she entered into her mission, her name was changed to Jeanne, la Pucelle, or Joan, the Maid.

As a child she was taught domestic skills as well as her religion by her mother. Joan would later say, "As for spinning and sewing, I fear no woman in Rouen." And again, "It was my mother alone who taught me the 'Our Father' and 'Hail Mary' and the 'Creed;' and from none other was I taught my faith."

From her earliest of years Joan was known for her obedience to her parents, religious fervor, goodness, unselfish generosity and kindness toward her neighbors. Simonin Munier, one of Joan's childhood friends, tells how Joan had nursed him back to health when he was sick. Some of her playmates teased her for being 'too pious.' Others remembered how she would give up her bed to the homeless stranger who came to her father's door asking for shelter.

Joan was 'like all the others' in her village until her thirteenth year. "When I was about thirteen, I received revelation from Our Lord by a voice which told me to be good and attend church often and that God would help me." She stated that her 'Voices' were Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret. At first her 'Voices' came to her two or three times a week but as the time for her mission drew near (five years later), they visited her daily telling her to 'Go into France' to raise the siege of Orleans, conduct the Dauphin Charles to Reims for his crowning and to drive the English from the land.

Joan went to the neighboring town of Vaucouleurs, which means Valley of many colors. There she spoke to the loyal French governor by the name of Sir Robert de Baudricourt. After many rejections he finally agreed to send her to the Dauphin who at the time was living at the castle of Chinon.

On the evening of February 23, 1429, she began her mission for God. In the company of six men, she rode through the Gate of France on her way to Chinon. Joan reached this town on March 6th, but was not received by the Dauphin, Charles, until the evening of March 9th.
After being accepted and approved by a Church council headed by the Archbishop of Reims, Joan was allowed to lead the Dauphin's army. This part of her career was meteoric. She entered Orleans on the evening of April 29th and by May 8th the city had been freed. The Loire campaign started on June 9th and by June 19th the English were driven out of the Loire valley. The march to Reims started on June 29th and by July 17th Charles was crowned King of France in the cathedral of Reims.

From this time on, for reasons know only to King Charles, the king no longer valued Joan's advice and guidance. She had always told him that God had given her 'a year and a little longer' to accomplish His will but the king seemed to take no notice of it. For almost a year he wasted what time remained to Joan, until in frustration, she left the court. Her last campaign lasted from the middle of March until her capture at the town of Compiegne on May 23rd, 1430. Her 'year and a little longer' was over.

Abandoned by her king and friends, she started her year of captivity. As a prisoner of the Burgundians she was treated fairly but that all changed when on November 21st, 1430, she was handed over the English. How she survived their harsh treatment of her is a miracle in itself.

The English not only wanted to kill Joan but they also wanted to discredit King Charles as a false king by having Joan condemned by the Church as a witch and a heretic. To obtain this goal the English used those Church authorities whom they knew to be favorable to them and the staunchest of these was Bishop Cauchon.

Joan's trial of condemnation lasted from February 21st until May 23rd. She was finally burnt at the stake in Rouen's market square on May 30th, 1431.

Twenty-five years later the findings of Joan's first trial were overturned and declared 'null and void' by another Church court, who this time was favorable to King Charles. It was not until 1920 that the Church of Rome officially declared Joan to be a saint. Her feast day is celebrated on May 30th.

Note of Caution, Many writers have distorted the Story of this Saint, they have added calumny to her memory. You may find them on the net I will not place them here. I recommend all of these sites, as well as the books and CD rom. I recommend the Lee Lee version of the film and do not recommend "The Messenger" with Mila Jojovich, it is garbage. Here is a link to a silent film called the "Passion of Joan of Arc" from 1928...

Links:
Joan of Arc's Companions in Arms, English, French
The 'Companions' of Jeanne d'Arc and Others, short biographies
SteJeannedArc.net entirely in in French only
Maison de Jeanne d'Arc in French only
Allen Williamson's site on the maid

Books:
Joan of Arc: Her Story at Amazon.com
Joan of Arc by Maurice Boutet de Monvel, the narritive is a bit slanted and written for the youth of France but the illustrations are superb
CD Rom: this is a great resource, find it here
Maid of Heaven, The story of Joan of Arc. here...


My Favorite quotes of the Maid,

"Je me attens a Dieu, mon createur, de tout; je layme de tout mon cuer..."

"Au France et au Roi, Mon ambition sera à servir. "...

Vive le Roi!
de Brantigny

5.11.07

America's Allies in the Revolution

This article comes from the Catholic Monarchist Group at Yahoo. It is in reply to a web site submitted in a thread which concerned Spain in the American Revolution. I post the reply by Mark Amesse of that group. I have only corrected some of the mispellings. Mark is passionate in his writing.

"...Of course Spain, France, the Calvinistic Dutch all had (at least they thought) a stake in seeing the American traitors win their rebellion. The major European players were all heavy into the colonial mercantile enterprise, but the British had pulled well out in front. The turning point would have to be when James the Duke of York (later James II) took the Dutch colony of New Netherlands for Britain, which of course was renamed New York in James' honour (1642, the during the Second Dutch War). This was a major victory for the city of New Amsterdam (New York) controlled the most important water way on the Atlantic. A century later the French and Indian War (AKA Seven Years War) turned against the French and France's Canada was lost to the British.

The examples could be multiplied, but are unnecessary for it is easy to understand why these powers wanted to check British Imperial hegemony. The error comes, and far too often, when Catholics try to imply that since France and Spain were Catholic kingdoms the American Revolution must be compatible with Catholic social doctrine and just principles. Let us not forget that France and Spain would be punished for its allegiance with the American traitors. The French Revolution would likely never have happened without its sister in America, and Spain, well the U.S would spend the next century and more aiding in the "liberation" of Spanish colonies (Cuba and the Philippians to name just two).

There is one piece of propaganda here which I simply can not pass over in silence. Let me quote it and than refute it:
"[Britain's] harsh laws, acts and proceedings after the [French and Indian] war forced her colonial empire, especially the 13 colonies in North America, to help pay for the war, to raise additional revenue and to maintain British government leaders and military forces in the colonies."

There were no harsh laws passed against the colonies after the F & I war. I challenge any one to give me a law passed that was harsher than any law found in England proper. And of course, only the 13 Whiggish colonies rebelled. The former subjects of the French crown, now subjects of George III, in Canada were overwhelmingly Loyalist. While not perfect the former colony of New France were given much to be thankful for by the legislation coming out of Parliament after the F & I war not the least of all being the Quebec Act. The Test Act was repealed (this required government officials to renounce the Catholic Faith) and the tithing which normally was collected for the Church of England was collected and given to the Catholic Church. The French colonial laws and structures were retained as they were under France.

What upset the Whigs in the 13 colonies were not harsh laws at all. As the Tories gained influence in Parliament (most notably the king's friend Lord North as Prime Minister) they began to enforce anti-smuggling and mercantile laws. John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Treason, was known as the "Smuggler-King". The wealthy Whiggish colonial oligarchy was none to happy to have their illicit profits endangered.

It was the English taxpayers, not the American, who were overburdened paying for the colonial defense. The military expense for safeguarding the American colonies was around £170,000 annually (fine sum in those days) and yet the colonies weren't paying for their own defense. The Townsend and the Stamp Act were intended to recoup only a third of the cost. That means the English taxpayers were still being asked to pay for 2/3 of the colonial defense and yet we are supposed to believe that the Americans had it rough? What tyranny – we are told, was that Half Penny tax on tea.

While some, such as the Tory Royal Governor of Massachusetts, Thomas Hutchinson, wanted to offer the Parliament something to offset the cost and head off the tax legislation making its way through Parliament, the Whigs had no intention of offsetting even some of cost for the continued defense of their lives and property; instead they wanted the benefits of colonial status without any of the burdens, or responsibilities owed to their mother country."

Mark Amesse

Statistics

At the bottom of the main page of this blog I have installed a web counter with which to see how many people have viewed my blog. I would like to thank all of those who have viewed my monarchist entries. I would encourage you also to leave me a comment, be it in agreement or not (please no vulgarity).

Thus far in the 2 weeks since I installed the counter I have received hits from every continent save Antarctica, and in such places as Sweden, France, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Brazil, Ausrtalia, India, the UK, Canada, and the US.

Thank You.
Dieu sauve le Roi!

Richard