Monumento Sibaud – a tribute in the Bobbio Valley to the Waldenses’ GLorious Return. The Waldenses were exiled from their homeland in modern Italy, and resettled in Geneva and other Protestant lands. But they determined to return to their homeland in modern Italy, so they secretly undertook the difficult journey through the Alps. When they arrived, their troubles were far from over, as their valleys were controlled by the hostile Catholic forces of the Duke of Savoy.
The Waldenses suffered much persecution and faced opposition from all sides. They had to be well prepared to defend themselves. These enormous muskets would have been used by their sentries. According to tradition, one was supposed to have belonged to their famous general Joshua Janavel.
This is the City Hall of Geneva, where the Unitarian Michael Servetus was sentenced to death. He came to Geneva after escaping prison, where he was being held for heresy. Two Catholic countries were trying to have him executed. Calvin is often censured for burning him at the stake, but in actuality he thought it was a cruel form of execution, and the decision was not made by him.
Today we visited Geneva – which was a city of refuge in the Alps, to many Protestants fleeing persecution in the 16th century. It was also a center of missionary activity. Thousands were trained here and sent out all over the world.
Although this is outside the normal scope of Discerning History, we wanted to make our readers aware of this situation as it is one in which those behind Discerning History are deeply involved.
Voice of the Martyrs is a ministry that purports to help Christian victims of persecution. However, it has been discovered that their work in Nigeria was in a tragic state – orphans were being abused and mistreated, financial fraud was rampant, and those who were trying to spread the word were being removed. When this was reported to the office in the United States, they seemed more concerned with covering up a scandal than ensuring that justice was done.
There’s a remnant of royal splendor left in costal North Carolina – Tryon Palace, a reconstruction of the palace built for the royal governor and finished in 1770. This was an expensive building for the colony, and many people were upset by the taxes that were raised to fund it. These tensions led to the War of the Regulation in 1770, and ultimately the American War for Independence.
Although today, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an uninhabited wilderness, when the land was being purchased in the 1920s and 1930s, there were people who lived and worked in the area. Evidence of their presence can be found in bald mountains used to graze cattle, and cabins like this one, in Cades Cove. Some of the inhabitants lived in the park until the 1960s.
In 1763 the British set a line along the Appalacian Mountains, to the Wes of which was Indian territory into which no settlers would allowed to cross. This did not sit well with American frontiers men, and many illegally entered through mountain passes like this one. This was one of many grievances against the British, and many of those frontiersmen made great soldiers for the Patriot cause.