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the Most Attractive Toulousain

8 May, 2010

…is a Statue.  This in no way is a slight to the men of Toulouse, but he is just a damned good looking fellow.  Jean-Alexandre-Joseph Falguiére carved this dashing figure of Henri de la Rochejaquelein, a Royalist soldier during the French Revolution.

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Not only is he quite the stud, but Henri was also the youngest General of the Royalist Vendéan insurrection and gave this very quotable order:

Mes amis, si j’avance, suivez-moi! Si je recule, tuez-moi! Si je meurs, vengez-moi!(“Friends, if I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!”)

He did, coincidently, retreat twice and lose a few major battles before he was killed by a Republican soldier.  His death is portrayed, not terribly majestically, in this painting by Alexandre Bloch:


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