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La Fontenelle and the massacre in Notre-Dame-de-Roscudon

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Collegiate church Massacre Robbery La Fontenelle Notre-Dame-de-Roscudon church

Roscudon’s bell-tower is forever linked with a terrible event made by a bloodthirsty monster: Breton crook La Fontenelle.

He ransacked and plundered all Finistère (Brittany) area at the end of the 16th century… and one day, he decided to attack Pont-Croix.

La Fontenelle attack!

Burn them all...

Inhabitants knew he would come. Worried, they fortified their church of Roscudon and hid all their money inside.

La Fontenelle and his accomplices soon turned up. People took shelter in the church.

A captain, lord de La Villerouault and his pretty wife, lady de Kerbullic, were there.

They thought they were safe, here… suddenly, La Fontenelle’s big brutes started to attack the church’s door.

″Let’s go at the top of the bell-tower!″ yelled La Villerouault. And from their hiding place, they started to throw things on the boors’ heads, downstairs.

In vain: La Fontenelle was furious, he seethed with anger! He never knew such a resistance!

He tried to smash the door in, but the wood didn’t give away. So, he lit a fire at the foot of the bell-tower, to slowly asphyxiate them.

Real horror

La Villerouault and inhabitants, groggy by the smoke, tried to resist. But… it was… too hard! They finally pulled themselves together. New fail for La Fontenelle!

The trick failed, but… treason and lie remained! He convinced La Villerouault to get down, in order to negotiate. He would spare their lives, he swore! People started to consult together.

Well, believe me or not, but inhabitants believed La Fontenelle. They get down!

The crook took the loot in the church and men were taken prisoners. In a paroxysm of horror, he handed over La Villerouault’s pretty wife to his brutes…

They ruined her under her husband’s eyes! And finally, this last one was hanged after his ordeal.

But the horror which took place in Pontcroix became noisy: everyone in the country talked about that! Beware, La Fontanelle, soon, you would end on the gallows...

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