Column with a bronze relief showing the torture of the Chevalier de la Barre.
élevé par le Prolétariat
de la Pensée humaine
En commémoration du Martyre
du Chevalier de la Barre supplicié à Abbeville
le 1er Juillet 1766, à l'âge de 19 ans,
pour avoir omis de saluer une procession.
7 Juillet 1907
Signed (bronze relief): Raoul Delhomme
alexis rudier / Fondeur. Paris
Unveiled 7 July 1907.
François-Jean Lefebvre de La Barre
French nobleman, famous for having been tortured and beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary. He is often said to have been executed for not saluting a procession, but the elements of the case were far more complex. In France, he is a symbol of Christian religious intolerance, along with Jean Calas and Pierre-Paul Sirven, all championed by Voltaire.
- Raoul Delhomme,
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Item Code: frpi048; Photograph: 24 May 2012
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