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In the Haut
Bocage just off the D960B road, halfway between Chantonnay and Pouzages
with the river Grand Lay passing by on its way to the Lac Rochereau,
this hilltop village is associated with the Protestant religion.
The Musee de la France Protestante de l'Ouest,
just 3kms from the village at le Bois Tiffrais in a country house, 400
years of protestant religion is explained with pictures, documents and
objects of the faith. The Huguenots as they were referred to were
particularly strong in this area and especially in towns like
Fontenay-le-Comte and La Rochelle.
The Wars of Religion (1562-98) in which the Catholics and Protestant
battled so violently caused death and destruction on a vast scale and it
was not until the Edict of Nantes in 1598 did the fighting stop. The
Edict of Nantes which allowed protestants to worship freely lasted for
nearly a century. It was revoked byLouis XIV with the result that some
400.000 protestants fleed abroad, many of then to the Uk. It was only in
1789 with the revolution that their right of free worship returned, but
that brought about another conflict with the Catholic religion with the
Wars of the Vendee.
The Lake at Rochereau.The
River Grand Lay was dammed by the barriage de Rochereau creating a
beautiful reservoir with it's own hydo-electric generator, but more
importantly a great outdoor water recreation area, ideal for fishing and
Prieure de Chassay-Grammont.
Founded by Richard the Lion Heart this small priory just a few
kilometers away at St.Pouant, is one of the real treasures of the
Camping; La Baudonniere. Route des Salinieres. Tel. 02 51 66 43 79.
Restaurant; l'Aquatik. 2, rue Georges Clemenceau. St. Prouant. 02 51 57 31 12.
Taxis; Blanchard & Compagnie. Zone Artisans. St Prouant. Tel. 02 51 66 42 84.
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