• Révolte des Lustucru

    Louis XIV had to face his first revolt after the Fronde in 1662, one year after he took the reins of government into his own hands. The county of Boulonnais was of a strategic importance due to its closeness to the Spanish Netherlands. The people there suffered a lot during the war with Spain, that already raged since 1635, and…

  • La Révolte de Roure

    Vivarais, spring 1670. After a hard winter had destroyed all the olive trees of Languedoc, from Montpellier to Aubenas, rumours of new taxes sparked a revolt. The chronicler Dourille put it like this: “every day one talked of new taxes, real or not, that threatened to plunge the people of Vivarais into their final misery.” Taxes on various items, like hats,…

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