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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Vanquish or Die: The True Story of the Vendee Uprising (An Independent Film)

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Vanquish or Die: The True Story of the Vendee Uprising (An Independent Film)

This film tells a story from the French Revolution. The Revolution was a godless New Order born from the Enlightenment, which brutalized the established, Christian way of life with its deeply ironic motto: “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”.

 

It was anything but. These three words bred a hatred and then outright persecution of Catholics, from its very own King and Queen, to the simple peasants in the countryside. The Revolution launched a reign of terror against Christians during which countless priests, nuns, and lay people were slaughtered, and the Revolution’s soldiers, marching through the country in “infernal columns”, scorched the earth where Catholic farmers raised crops, cattle, and families.

But in western France, the Vendee region, the Catholic peasants revolted. They formed their own armies and appointed their own generals. Of these generals, Francoise Charette was the most effective and well-known. He became the Revolution’s obsession, so successful were his tactics.

This film tells his story. It is the story of a man who became a hero not because he was born a saint, but because he was a Catholic. Who found that in fighting for your Catholic Faith, the rest falls into place, and you become capable even of the ultimate victory—martyrdom—because the Revolution failed to corrupt your soul.

Please watch and share this video. Introduce your children to their new favorite hero. Spend an hour reminding your friends and family of the lengths to which men will go to stay Catholic and free. 

*This film was released in France in 2023 by Puy du Fou. English subtitles were added by RTV to make the film accessible to the English-speaking world.

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.