The Jacquemarts – Seventeenth century

A legend tells the story of two “Huguenot” men (protestants) who offended the Catholic faith during the holy rites procession : they were named Houzou BENARD and Paquet SIVIERE.
They were condemned to pay for the Church clock and to strike the hours and the services. When they died automatons replaced them…

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