La Barben castle's Cascavéous, bells of anger

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The castle - ©Georges Seguin (Okki) / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©Georges Seguin (Okki) / CC-BY-SA
La Barben castle Castle Revolt Siege


We were in 1630, in Aix-en-Provence. The situation wasn’t pretty good. The plague killed almost everyone, the starvation watched, and the king helped by cardinal Richelieu decided to promulgate an edict on taxes’ collection… the inflation watched.

And people from Aix didn’t want that kind of thing! So, they rebelled. Until a small troop (2000 men all the same) led by a local lord, heard that the lord de Forbin just left his castle of la Barben, to join the king’s army, sent to calm the rebels down.

Aaah, just wait and see, Forbin, they’ll show you what they are made of! The rebels ran to the castle… and besieged it! We call this rebellion the révolte des Cascavéous, “Cascavéous revolt”: Cascavéous means ″little bells″ in Provence, because those insurgents wore bells on their clothes!

Wood from mount Lebanon

The siege was vigorous: people even burnt the neighbouring woods, and we still can see shots traces on the castle’s walls! What about Forbin? Well, he had the time to hide his precious objects!

And the peace came back: Aix Parliament ordered to people from Aix to repair the castle of la Barben. Sirez wrote in his book Répertoire that the wood they took in the forest cost an arm… as if they brought them back from mount Lebanon, he said!

And also!