Jansenists in Ratilly: clandestine nature... and treasure?

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Ratilly castle Castle Treasure

The struggle!

On the next century (more precisely in 1732), we found in Ratilly Louis-Basile Carré de Montgeron, the new owner! Councillor in the parliament of Paris, Jansenist, he transformed his castle into the headquarters of his struggle… his struggle? Yes, the Jansenism! What’s this? Oh, a French religious movement created in the 17th c.

Jansenists were Catholics, but Catholics with special ideas, like the divine grace saving the soul of sinners… well, not a very orthodox way of thinking! Kings and popes were upset and condemned this heresy with an edict. But Jansenists refused that edict and pockets of resistant people were created everywhere, supported by the mother house, Port-Royal abbey. In Burgundy, those resistant ones gathered in the castle of Ratilly, with Montgeron!

Clandestine activities

In fact, Montgeron bought the castle in order to get closer to the priest of Treigny, abbot Gaspard Terrasson: THE guru of Jansenist, who dreamt of transforming Ratilly into a second Port-Royal, where persecuted persons could take shelter… Montgeron was never short of something to do: he secretly printed the newspaper Les Nouvelles ecclésiastiques (“The ecclesiastic News”), then he sold them in the neighbouring forest.

But after 3 years of illegal and secret activities, the abbot and Montgeron were busted… They locked this one in the jail of la Bastille, then, he finally sold Ratilly in 1740…

Ratilly’s treasure

The tradition says Montgeron hid a treasure here, in the castle. Hey, it reminds us the mystery of David’s hiding painting, in the castle of St-Fargeau!


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