La Vendee by Anthony Trollope

I include today an exerpt from the Project Guttenberg entitled "La Vendee" by noted English Novelist Anthony Trollope the entire book is in ebook form from Project Guttenberg. here

The soldiers of the Republic have at last overcome the rebels of LaVendée--have they not, M. Robespierre?"

"It is not enough to conquer traitors," answered he, "they must be crushed, before the country can be safe from their treachery."

"Their treason must be crushed, I know."

"Crimes between man and man can be atoned for by minor punishments:
crimes between citizens and their country can only be properly avenged by death. You may teach the murderer or the thief the iniquity of his fault; and when he has learnt to hate the deed he has committed, he may be pardoned. It is not so with traitors. Though the truest child of France should spend his life in the attempt, he would not be able to inspire one aristocrat with a spark of patriotism."

"Must every royalist in La Vendée perish then?" said Eleanor. Robespierre did not answer her immediately, but leaning his elbow on the table, he rested his forehead on his hand, so as nearly to conceal his face. Eleanor thought that he was meditating on her question; and remembering that he had declared that he should be pleased if now and then a victim might be spared, again commenced her difficult task of urging him to mercy.

"They talk of shedding the blood of innocent children--of destroying peasant women, who can only think and feel as their husbands bid them. You will not allow that this should be done, will you?"

"Is the life of a woman more precious to her than that of a man? It is a false sentiment which teaches us to spare the iniquities of women because of their sex. Their weakness entitles them to our protection, their beauty begets our love; but neither their weakness or their beauty should be accepted as an excuse for their crimes."

"But poor innocent babes--it is not possible that they should have committed crimes."

"In the religion of Christ it is declared, that the sins of the fathers shall be visited on the children, to the third and fourth generation. The priests who made these laws, and handed them down to their flocks, as the very words of their God, had closely studied human nature. I do not believe that an Almighty Creator condescended to engrave on stone, with his own finger, these words, as they would feign that he did do; but the law is not the less true; the children must expatiate, to the third and fourth generation, the sins of their fathers. Nature, which
is all benignant, wills that it should be so."

"If this be so, will not nature work out her own law. Will it not be punishment enough that so many women should lose their husbands; so many children their fathers? You, I know, are averse to shedding blood; you would spare life whenever your sense of duty would allow you to do so. Try what clemency will do in La Vendée. Try whether kindness will not put a stop to the bitterness of their enmity. Do, dearest, for my sake."

The entire novel may be downloaded and printed if you desire pages instead of screen.

Verite pour la Vendee!

Jacobins and Girondins

Two clubs which formed the basis of French Revolutionary thinking were the Jacobin Club and the Girondin Club. Here is a short description of each.

The Jacobin Club was the largest and most powerful political club of the French Revolution. It originated as the Club Breton, formed at Versailles as a group of Breton deputies to the Estates General of 1789. At the height of its influence, there were between five and eight thousand chapters throughout France, with a membership estimated at 500,000. After the fall of Robespierre the club was closed...

"...Here the impious clamor of the torturers,
insatiate, fed its rage for innocent blood.
Now happy is the land, destroyed the pit of horror;
and where grim death stalked, life and health are revealed."

The Girondins
The Girondists (in French Girondins, and sometimes Brissotins or "Baguettes"), were a political faction in France within the Legislative Assembly and the National Convention during the French Revolution. The Girondists were a group of individuals holding certain opinions and principles in common rather than an organized political party, and the name was at first informally applied because the most brilliant exponents of their point of view were deputies from the Gironde.

These deputies were twelve in number, six of whom—the lawyers Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud, Marguerite Élie Guadet, Armand Gensonné, Jean Antoine Laffargue de Grangeneuve and Jean Jay, and the tradesman Jean François Ducos—sat both in the Legislative Assembly and the National Convention. In the Legislative Assembly, these represented a compact body of opinion which, though not as yet definitely republican, was considerably more advanced than the moderate royalism of the majority of the Parisian deputies.

Vive le Roy!


The Princess Escapes

17 April 1719. Four Irish soldiers, one Major Gaydon, Captains Misset, O'Toole, and Wogan leave Strasbourg on horseback and head east. This is not exceptionally unusual as there are many Irish found in foreign armies on the continent. But these men have a special mission. The rescue of a princess. This certain princess is imprisoned in a castle in Innsbruck in southern Austria. Accompanying the soldiers are two women, the wife of Capt Misset to act as a companion to the princess and a servant named Jenny. Jenny has an important part to play in this rescue, because if it were to succeed would be the principle ruse. Recently Capt Wogan has visited Innusbruck as an itinerant peddler and visited the princess who has agreed to the plan for the escape.

After a journey of 10 days they finally arrive in Innsbruck. The weather is bad, a pouring rain and driving wind. Unfortunately this was the best weather for the plot to succeed.

Arriving at the castle they are met by the princess' servant named Chateaudeau, who taking Jenny with him, returns to the apartments of the princess where the princess and her mother await

The plan calls for Jenny and the princess to exchange places and clothes. Jenny will remain behind in the castle and feign illness until the party escapes south into Italy. Jenny however is noticeably taller than the princess and so has to remain abed if the disguise is to work. The princess on her part must wear slippers instead of shoes with heels; unfortunate in this weather. The princess, in Jenny,s cloak, slips out of the castle with the servant Chateaudeau and her jewels. Upon reaching the gate Chateaudeau says "Goodnight" loud enough for Capt Wogan, standing nearby, to hear. Then the princess, disguised as the servant Jenny, steps out past the guard and leaves the castle. The plan has worked perfectly... Thus far Capt Wogan leads the princess to an inn where the others await them and they set off towards the Italian border. Going just a short way the discover that in the rush to go the princess has left her jewels in the inn! Captain O'Toole turns his horse about and speeds back to the inn that they had just left. It is the middle of the night. Capt O,Toole dare not pound on the door, but being a big man lifts the door of the hinges, grabs the jewels and leaves. Riding hard he catches up with the party on the road.

Poor Jenny keeps up the pretence of being the Princess as long as she can by remaining in bed pretending to be sick but finally the truth is discovered. The governor of castle send word to the next town. "Stop the escape!". As luck would have it Captains Missett and O'Toole trailed behind as the escape party's rearguard. Falling in with the messenger they treat him to refreshment at an inn where the poor fellow found it impossible to continue on horseback.

The escapees were having a hard time as well. The food was deplorable and for some reason almost uneatable. The were forced to make tea in a can that had previously held oil. The post horses they received were almost useless, ...and their coach broke down. As in "Murphys law", anything that could go wrong, did go wrong. After four grueling days when they reached the border, and were safely in Italy

And who is this Princess? She was Maria Klementyna Zophia Sobieska(1) daughter of Prince James Louis Henry Sobieski, and granddaughter of King Jan III, Sobieski(2) she had been imprisoned in Insbruck by the Holy Roman Emperor by request of King George I, to prevent her marriage to the son of King James II of England (and VII of Scotland). Prince James Edward had, since 1701 been recognized as the true King of England. He would have been James III. He is remembered by his most common sobriquet, "Old Pretender".

After the marriage of Princess Klementyna and Prince James, they had a son. Naming him Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Silvester Severino Maria Stuart. He is destined to lead the "45" Jacobite rising as "Bonnie Prince Charlie". His birthday is 31 December in A.D. 1720.

Another notable character of the "45" here...

Dieu le Roy!

(1) All female names in Polish end with an A, even the surname hence Sobieska.

(2) Title style, (Latin), Joannes III, Dei Gratia rex Poloniae, magnus dux Lithuaniae, Russie, Prussiae, Masoviae, Samogitiae, Livoniae, Smolenscie, Kijoviae, Volhyniae, Podlachiae, Severiae, Czernichoviaeque, etc.

Source: The Jacobite Rising of 1745, by Stevenson, Longman House Ltd. Essex, England 1968

Virgina limits state funded abortions...

There should be a statement which says, "Where Virginia leads the nation follows."

Virginia bishops praise decision, thank legislators whose votes will save lives.

Late last evening, the state Senate cast a landmark 20-19 vote in favor of a budget amendment to dramatically limit state abortion funding. Earlier in the afternoon, the House also agreed to the amendment by a 64-30 vote. Proposed by Governor McDonnell, the amendment ensures that no abortions will be paid for by state taxpayers except as required by federal law or state statute. With the approval by both chambers, the Governor's proposal is now part of the budget that will govern state spending for the next two fiscal years. Its effect is to eliminate the vast majority of Virginia's publicly subsidized abortions (that is, those done under a general health rationale which has never received General Assembly approval). Over the last four years, these state-funded, health-related abortions have been performed at an alarming rate of one every three days. With the Governor's amendment now securely fastened to the budget, many unborn lives can be saved, and state taxpayers who oppose financing life-ending practices have a greater measure of conscience protection.

Expressing gratitude for the outcome, Virginia Catholic Conference Director Jeff Caruso said, "The Virginia bishops wish to thank all legislators, in both chambers and in both parties, who took a strong stand yesterday, in support of life and of state residents who oppose being forced to pay for other people's abortions. Our Commonwealth is a better place as a result of Governor McDonnell's proposal of the amendment and the General Assembly's adoption of it. We also thank our pro-life advocacy partners - both organizations and individuals - with whom we collaborated closely in the days leading up to this historic vote."

Data gathered from the Virginia Catholic Conference network showed an unprecedented level of responses to the Conference's alert on this proposal, and Conference staff repeatedly heard that legislators were receiving plenty of emails from their pro-life constituents. People who responded to the alert, and parishes who promoted it in conjunction with Masses last weekend, are certainly to be commended and assured of the critical difference their efforts made. And to continue making improvements in state policy, more network members are needed! Please encourage your family members, fellow parishioners, friends, and co-workers to visit the Conference's website (www.vacatholic.org) and use the sign-up feature to enroll in the advocacy network.

Together, we can thank God for this outcome and build for more like it in the future.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Margaret for this news.

I am afraid that the Anti-child fanatics will now come out of the wood like roaches to challenge this amendment.


Les coiffes et costumes traditionnels de XIX siècle

Les coiffes et costumes traditionnels qu'il porte datent du milieu du XIXème siècle.


Île de France...






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Fèdèration Nationale du Folklore Français


Dominican Sisters of Mary

I present a video of the Dominican Sisters of Mary which was done on on the Oprah Show. These videos prove that God works through the weakest vessal to insure his message is heard.

Orders which have retained faithful adherence to their original Charism have remained vibrant.

Dominican Sisters of Mary

St Dominic Pray for us.


Army considers rescinding invitation to evangelist

Now the government chooses what speach is acceptable by a minister and which is not. This is an example of an attempt to silence Christians by the Obama regime.

DENVER – The Army is considering whether to rescind an invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham to appear at the Pentagon amid complaints about his description of Islam as evil, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, was to appear at the Pentagon on May 6 on what is the National Day of Prayer. He said he will be a guest of the Pentagon and will speak only if he's still invited.

Army Col. Tom Collins said withdrawing the invitation "is on the table," but no decision has been made. He said Army brass will have the ultimate decision on whether to pull the invite.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation raised the objection to the appearance, citing Graham's past remarks about Islam.

Mikey Weinstein, president of the foundation, said the invitation offended Muslim employees at the Pentagon. He said it would endanger American troops by stirring up Muslim extremists.

Collins said the invitation wasn't from the Pentagon but from the Colorado-based National Day of Prayer Task Force, which works with the Pentagon chaplain's office on the prayer event.

Collins said neither Army Secretary John McHugh nor Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. was aware of the invitation.

The task force organizes Christian events for the National Day of Prayer. A spokesman said the group planned to comment on the controversy later Wednesday.

Weinstein objected to the working relationship between the Pentagon chaplain's office and the task force, saying the chaplains have effectively endorsed the task force by using its materials and routinely inviting its honorary chairman to speak at the Pentagon.

Weinstein said that amounts to preferential treatment in violation of Defense Department rules.

Collins said the working relationship has been reviewed by Pentagon lawyers and passed legal scrutiny.

"We are an all-inclusive military. We hold observances throughout the year. This one happens to be a Christian-themed event," Collins said.

Graham is president and CEO of both Samaritan's Purse, a Christian international relief organization in Boone, N.C., and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte.

After the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Graham said Islam "is a very evil and wicked religion." In a later op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, Graham wrote that he did not believe Muslims were evil because of their faith, but "as a minister .... I believe it is my responsibility to speak out against the terrible deeds that are committed as a result of Islamic teaching."

DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press

Deo Vindice,

An Anecdote

Every so often we hear of a Native American group who opposes the canonization of Fr Junipero Serra because he influenced the California natives by Christianizing them, or some liberal who says that one culture was destroyed when Catholicism was introduced, or a descendant of the Aztecs who states that when the priests burned their codex's the Mexican culture was irrevocably damaged. I am specifically amused when the Native American non-PC reference Indian is used; (once upon a time it was savage.*)

Here is a little anecdote from Christine at Laudem Gloriae which puts this all into a different perspective...

...The story is told of an agnostic professor who visited the Fiji Islands. The professor remarked to an elderly chief, “You are a great leader, but it is a pity you have been victimized by those Christian missionaries. No one believes the Bible anymore. People are tired of the story of Christ dying on cross for the sins of mankind. We know better now. I am sorry you were manipulated to accept their story.”

The old chief looked at the professor and answered, “See that great rock over there? On it we smashed the heads of our victims. Notice the furnace next to it? In that oven we used to roast the bodies of our victims. If it hadn't been for the love of those missionaries and the message of Christ they brought, you would be our supper...”

More on the Mallorca connexion to The Missions in California here...

Blessed Junipero pray for us.

Savage (or Savauge) was the way that Europeans regaded anyone they felt was less civilized than they. It did not necessarily have negative connotations, any more than a mother would have saying her Children were "wild indians".


The heretic Pfleger Had Help 04-19

In a previous post I posted this...


Brazilian sex scandal

More allegations of abuse arise in Brazil. Satan has worked overtime. Perhaps it is time find and remove all homosexual priests.

SAO PAULO – The detention of an 83-year-old priest in Brazil for allegedly abusing boys as young as 12 in a case involving lurid videotape and a congressional investigation is the latest scandal to hit the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America.

The allegations against Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa — and two other Brazilian priests — have made huge headlines throughout this Catholic nation and come amid accusations of sexual activity by priests across the region as well as in Europe and the U.S.

The scandal erupted when Brazilian television network SBT last month broadcast a tape of Barbosa in bed with a 19-year-old that was widely distributed on the Internet.

Feeding the controversy, Pope Benedict XVI's second-in-command outraged many last week in Chile when he said homosexuality and not celibacy was the primary reason for the abuse.

..."Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and pedophilia. But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true," Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told reporters April 12 at a news conference in Santiago. "That is the problem."

The comments by Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state, were condemned by gay advocacy groups, politicians and even the French government...

TALES AZZONI, Associated Press Writer Tales Azzoni,Apr 20, 4:04 am ET

As I have said in other posts these are by and large homosexuals who have crept into the priesthood. Whether out of the hopes that the priesthood would cure them or as a position whereby they could cultivate their victims.



1793 - Marseillaise Royaliste

Vive le Roi!

Vive le Roy!

Marlborough Pudding

An early American dessert

Take 12 spoons of stewed apples, 12 of wine, 12 of sugar, 12 of melted butter, and 12of beaten eggs, a little cream, spice to your taste; lay in paste No. 3, in a deep dish; bake one hour and a quarter.

Stew apples and push through a fine sieve to purée. Mix together 3/4 cup of apple purée, 3/4 cup of white sugar, 3/4 cup of sherry, 6 tablespoons of melted butter (cut down from original recipe), 4 well beaten eggs, 1/2 cup heavy cream, juice of one lemon & 2 teaspoons of grated nutmeg (or to taste). Pour into pie crust and bake at 350° about one hour or until set (will look similar to a pumpkin pie, though lighter in color.) Cool before serving.

Bon appetit!


The King's Agony

Dieu Sauve le Roy!

Robespierre: Defense of Terrorism or Defending the Indefensible

Maximilien Robespierre, a bête noire of this blog and the person most responsible for the terror during the revolution in France has had this following remark entered into posterity...

"...Terror is only justice prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country. The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny...” See the complete article here...

From an Address to the Convention, 5 February 1794

More on Robespierre, here, < here, and mentioned here...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to http://marie-antoinettequeenoffrance.blogspot.com/.

Dieu Sauve le Roy!

The Nazi, Vatican connexion

There is a movement abroad to indict Pope Pius XII with teh Nazis, going so far as to concoct wild conspiracies, and producing photographs of Cardinals and Nazis shaking hands as proof of the friendliness of the "Vatican and Nazis". These conspiracies conclude that this friendliness must indicate colusion in the perscution of the Jews. "Why everyone knows that Pope Pius XII didn't do enough to prevent the killing of the Jews."

More on Pope Puis XII is found here... and here...

NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 2010 (Zenit.org) .- An interreligious group trying to discover the facts regarding Pope Pius XII and his efforts to help Jews during World War II has announced the discovery of documents showing how the Church excommunicated Catholics who joined the Nazis.

The New-York based Pave the Way Foundation said that its representative Michael Hesemann found a large series of documents from 1930 to 1933.

The documents indicate that any Catholic who joined the Nazi party, wore the uniform or flew the swastika flag would no longer be able to receive the sacraments.

This policy set three years before Hitler was elected chancellor made clear that the teachings of the Church were incompatible with Nazi ideology.

"The documents clearly show an ideological war between the Catholic Church and National Socialism already in the pre-war decade," Hesemann explained. "The German bishops and the Roman Curia considered the Nazi doctrine not only as incompatible with the Christian faith, but also as hostile to the Church and dangerous to human morals, even more than Communism."

Among the documents is a handwritten letter from a leading member of the Nazis, Hermann Goering, requesting a meeting with Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (the future Pius XII), which was flatly refused.

There are also documents asking for a removal of the excommunication, which was also denied.

Gary Krupp, president of Pave the Way, characterized these documents as "very significant."

"Michael Hesemann has been diligent in researching the open archives and has been discovering new important documents with every visit," he said. "His research tells a very different story of Eugenio Pacelli or Pope Pius XII than is commonly known."
When asked why this information is not currently known by many historians, Pave the Way chairman Elliot Hershberg noted that "according to the archives sign-in sheets, most of these historians and scholars have simply not come to the open archives to research 65% of Pacelli's ministry."

Venerable Pius XII, Pray for us, and those who use calumny, against you and the Church.