"May the Hatchet and the Hammer Never Damage It!": The Fate of the Cathedral of Chartres during the French Revolution

@article{Cooney2006MayTH,
  title={"May the Hatchet and the Hammer Never Damage It!": The Fate of the Cathedral of Chartres during the French Revolution},
  author={M. Cooney},
  journal={The Catholic Historical Review},
  year={2006},
  volume={92},
  pages={193 - 214}
}
  • M. Cooney
  • Published 2006
  • History
  • The Catholic Historical Review
According to a very dramatic account of Chartres during the French Revolution, the town's Gothic cathedral barely escaped destruction in November 1793 after the local Popular Society lobbied in favor of a proposal to tear it down. An in-depth examination casts some doubt on the veracity of this tale. Some of the sources that may have supported this story have since been destroyed, while the records of the municipal, district, and departmental governments make no mention of any such proposal… Expand
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