There is a key phrase in this paragraph that I highlighted on my own. It has been cited here and other places online. It makes me question this down grade of a persons heritage and location.
Lowlands-L: Things They Left Us: Folk traditions of the Lowlands worldwide: "Hamburg was now an arrondisement within the Département des Bouches de l’Elbe, while an alliance of mostly German, Russian and Swedish troops besieged the city. Hamburg families were required to provide free lodging to Napoléon’s soldiers. Houses were torn down to create shooting ranges, and their inhabitants were sent packing. Turned into horse stables were the main churches of this mostly Lutheran city that had provided refuge to thousands of Dutch and French Protestants. In their desperation, many people fled to then neighboring Danish territory, in many cases just a short walk away. Others engaged in cross-border smuggling to make up for lost trade with Britain and other parts hostile to France."
As I read before in Tosterglope.de or in account of Charlotte Wodage about the region of Dahlenburg; the French, or Russians, or swedes being there took over the churches and lodged their horses there. How could people even think to do so. Perhaps the French were in majority catholic. Perhaps the degradation was political in thought. No matter it was a Horrid thing to do.
Even during the thirty year plus years of war in this region each time troops were there the villages suffered They lost a fourth of what they had before. Villages were burned, women raped, animals lost. And think of the rumble and rubble after the world wars. It is a wonder our ancestors persevered. They rebuilt, fixed things up.
Thank goodness they did, right.
But somethings can never be restored or brought back.
I cry over the lost documents we can not ever see. Some stories and events will be lost. If you read about the pages or years of documents lost in church records you will know what I mean.
Title-- Criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church. This Link contains an article on why Huguenots attacked and destroyed churches.
More reading sources.
1. You might like to read this source below for more on the 'French Protestants' which according to Wikipedia means now to be - Huguenots.
~~OTHER PLACES OF HORSES STABLED IN A CHURCH~~ Not so uncomman.
A different case about a different reason for a Horse to be in the church.
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