In 1689 French state and
monarchy aligned with the
Catholic church yet again.
To their fury urban artisan
classes still sought God and
true faith in their own beliefs
and own church worship.

These skilled tradesmen and
workers with no wealth or
power owed no allegiance to
landowners, living simply
off daily earnings from
their own tools and labour.

So soldiers and populace
were stirred up to slaughter
these simple folk living and
worshipping their own way
…… in a bloody massacre.

Some escaped over borders,
or jumped aboard foreign ships.

Young Thomas the lamp maker
sole survivor of his family
sailed into Falmouth to
start life again, in Cornwall.

Previously posted September 2017.