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Monsireigne

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 It was revoked byLouis XIV with the result that some 400.000 protestants fleed abroad, many of then to the Uk.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 walking.

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 Vendee.

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.

TaxisBlanchard & Compagnie. Zone Artisans. St Prouant. Tel. 02 51 66 42 84.

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lake at Rochereau
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