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(24 JULY, 1702 - 24 JULY, 2002)


It has been decided that a "decentralized" commemoration of this event is in order. It will be spread over an entire week and combine a scholarly conference with festivities designed for the public at large. The following program is a tentative one, open for discussion and possible changes.

First of all, it was suggested that a meeting be held at Florac with all the interested participants during the summer of 2001, so as to finalize the entire project. As far as its financing is concerned, a grant from the Council General of the Lozère Department has been requested.

Henri Mouysset has proposed to organize an excursion on foot to take place at night. Roger Lagrave has agreed to lead the march. The Minister serving the parishes of Mende and Florac, Roland Laipe, is ready to welcome a large number of participants at l'Hospitalet for a traditional gathering held on the last Sunday in July. The morning service is always an authentic "culte du Désert". The afternoon conferences are usually devoted to missionary work, but in this case (July 2002) they will be centered on the history of the Camisards in the same way as the Edict of Nantes was commemorated in 1998.

François Plassard and the team from "La nuit, le conte, la Cévenne" intend to show the film "Les Camisards". The projection will be on a large screen in the open, amid the ruins of the château de Saint Juilen d'Arpaon. A street fair will follow. A commemorative plaque is to be unveiled at the top of Mount Bougès or in the immediate vicinity. This is only a suggestion and the details of the project are open for suggestions.

The publisher Max Chaleil (Presses du Languedoc) will welcome the press at the conference to be held at the historic spot of the Pont de Montvert. Funding is being expected to cover the organization of the conference and the publication of the proceedings.

Patrick Cabanel

Calendrier prévisionnel des manifestations

  • Lundi 22 juillet, temple de Barre-des-Cévennes, conférence publique de Jean-Paul Chabrol sur la foire du 22 juillet 1702 (accès libre)
  • Mardi 23 juillet, temple de St-Julien-d'Arpaon, conférence publique de Patrick Cabanel, Henri Mouysset, Pierre Rolland sur les préparatifs de la révolte (accès libre)
  • Mercredi 24 juillet, sommet du Bougès (accès pédestre), inauguration d'une plaque commémorative au lieu-dit Les Trois-Fayards, lecture de textes de Napoléon Peyrat, randonnée nocturne jusqu'au Pont-de-Montvert par le chemin des Camisards (balisage ad hoc ?) (accès libre)
  • Jeudi 25 et vendredi 26 juillet, Pont-de-Montvert, écomusée du Mont-Lozère, colloque du Tricentenaire (accès libre)
  • Vendredi 26 ou samedi 27 juillet, ruines du château de St-Julien-d'Arpaon, 22 heures, projection en plein air du film de René Allio Les Camisards, avec spectacle de rue, soirée animée par l'association La nuit, le conte, la Cévenne (accès payant)
  • Dimanche 28 juillet, Can de l'Hospitalet, assemblée au Désert : culte le matin, pique-nique, conférences historiques (accès libre)