Blanche de Lévis against massacres

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Lourmarin castle Castle Trial Baron d’Oppède Blanche de Lévis

Lourmarin’s wolves

Raised on medieval foundations, the castle was built by Foulques d’Agoult in 1495. In 1526, Louis d’Agoult extended it with an austere main building flanks by a round tower, later altered by d’Agoult’s widow, Blanche de Lévis. François d'Agoult, king François I’s page boy, laid out gardens and fit out big chimneys in the apartments.

Look! The gargoyles look like loups colletés, “wolves with a collar”: d’Agoult family’s emblem!

Blanche against the slaughters

Blanche de Lévis became the mortal enemy of the bloodthirsty baron d’Oppède. In 1545, he launched a big slaughter in the whole Lubéron: massacre of Vaudois, those “heretics”… in fact, honest peasants who advocated poverty, the reading of saint texts while rejecting the power of religious authorities. Blanche could tell you, there were lots of Vaudois in Lourmarin…

The widow stood up for those one, and even testified during the baron’s trial, when he had to answer several charges of crimes and horrible slaughters, in 1551. Just imagine her, in front of all those men: frail little lady with a pale face, mourning ghost dressed in black, whose voice raised against the ignominy…


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