British Catholic writer and historic researcher Michael Davies passed away nearly 20 years ago. My first taste of his intellect, sense of humor and depth of research was a few days ago, having finally taken the time to listen to the link below sent by a friend, entitled The French Revolution: The Rising in the Vendee.
In this audio/visual link, you’ll hear Michael Davies recounting a most vivid and heart-stopping, and well-researched account of the Catholic response to the persecution in France following the mob beheading of King Louis XVI.
But this presentation does NOT cover what happened in Paris. Instead, Davies takes us to a very rural and remote section of France, the Vendee (pronounced von-day) region. In this area of France, the great Saint Louis de Montfort and other devout Catholic priests were an influential and integral part of local life.
Davies’ presentation – with slides – is gripping from start to finish. It’s history most of us probably never learned in school. The extent of the persecution against religion, the battles, heroism, leaders and horrific genocide done by the “new” French State to Catholics, and the ultimate triumph of Catholic fervor — including a bit of British humor here and there — is worth making time to hear (and see).
You’ll hear some echo of today’s cultural compass (without iphone and electronics of course). You’ll learn the context of St. Louis de Montfort’s teaching and influence, although he’s only mentioned briefly.
Most importantly, during this time of national Eucharistic Revival, this fast-paced, vivid story-telling is absolutely inspiring!