The Sacred Heart and the Counter-Revolution in the Vendée

Raymond Jonas

in France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221369
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924017 | DOI:
The Sacred Heart and the Counter-Revolution in the Vendée

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This chapter talks about the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the events that made up the counter-revolution in the Vendée. The first section presents a narration of two events that involved King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette during the French Revolution. It shows that the popularity of the Sacred Heart during this time lay in the conviction that the king and queen were both deeply committed to the new devotion. The section states that the king's vow to the Sacred Heart helped secure its status as the preferred form of ritualized and symbolic resistance to the Revolution. The following section discusses the efforts of the counter-revolution in Vendée, and also mentions several notable people who participated in the event, including Jacques Cathelineau and Henri de La Rochejaquelein. The chapter ends with a discussion of the massacre of Machecoul.

Keywords: counter-revolution; Vendée; King Louis XVI; massacre of Machecoul; Jacques Cathelineau; de La Rochejaquelein

Chapter.  9863 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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