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Duke Charles-Emmanuel of Savoy planned to take Geneva by surprise on the night of Saturday December 11th 1602. This in spite of his repeated avowals of peace. Accordingly, more than 2.000 men came on foot or on horseback from the neighbouring Savoyard towns of Bonne and La Roche and assembled just beyond the city walls at Plainpalais. They carried with them lengths of ladders which were about 5ft long and weighed 18lb. These they fitted together and raised against the city walls (now the site of the even-numbered buildings of Rue de la Corraterie).

The alarm was raised among the sleeping Genevans by a shot from a guard, Jacques Mercier, whose corporal, François Bousezel, was the first to be fatally injured while making the rounds of his watch. The Genevans hastened to arm themselves to defend their city. A chain of raised lanterns swiftly signalled the threatening danger, followed by a round of fire from the guard post at la Monnaie. The alarm was taken up by warning bells first from St. Peter's cathedral and then other churches throughout the city.

The entire population turned out to fight alongside the town militia and the full-time guard. The most famous expression of the people's solidarity is the soup kettle thrown onto the head of an invader by Catherine Cheynel, wife of Pierre Royaume and affectionately known to posterity as Mère Royaume. Furthermore Lady Piaget threw her keys to the defenders of Geneva so that they could counterattack the assailants from outside the inner city wall.

An explosive engineer, Picot, was to blow up the Porte Neuve gate, thus opening up the town to the massed troops. But the plan was thwarted thanks to the quick action of a soldier, Isaac Mercier, who had the wit to drop the portcullis. Seeing this, and realising that the attack had failed, the duke's troops swiftly retreated to their camps before daybreak.

The Escalade (literally: "scaling the walls") marks the final attempt in a series of assaults mounted throughout the 16th century by Savoy which wanted to annex Geneva as its capital north of the Alps. The Escalade came to embody Geneva's fervent spirit of independence and has become the city's national fête.

The photos of this project were taken over three consecutive years (2006-2008).

20 photos 0 draft - completed on 15/03/2009 -



Fifres
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19/12/2008    6 comm. photo
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Fifres
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19/12/2008   6 comm. photo
Tambours-majors
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20/12/2008    3 comm. photo
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Tambours-majors
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20/12/2008   3 comm. photo
Vin chôôôôô!
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21/12/2008    4 comm. photo
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Vin chôôôôô!
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21/12/2008   4 comm. photo
With the help of Calvin
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22/12/2008    8 comm. photo
Reloaded
With the help of Calvin
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22/12/2008   8 comm. photo
Passage de Monetier
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23/12/2008    5 comm. photo
Reloaded
Passage de Monetier
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23/12/2008   5 comm. photo
Not really Miles Davis
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27/12/2008    5 comm. photo
Reloaded
Not really Miles Davis
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27/12/2008   5 comm. photo
God is too large to be housed under one roof
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01/01/2009    8 comm. photo
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God is too large to be housed under one roof
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01/01/2009   8 comm. photo
The peacock
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10/01/2009    2 comm. photo
Reloaded
The peacock
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10/01/2009   2 comm. photo
Your kingdom for a horse
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11/01/2009    3 comm. photo
Reloaded
Your kingdom for a horse
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11/01/2009   3 comm. photo
1602
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16/01/2009    2 comm. photo
Reloaded
1602
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16/01/2009   2 comm. photo
Our family
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18/01/2009    6 comm. photo
Reloaded
Our family
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18/01/2009   6 comm. photo
Out of sight
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20/01/2009    3 comm. photo
Reloaded
Out of sight
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20/01/2009   3 comm. photo
Pikes
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25/01/2009    3 comm. photo
Reloaded
Pikes
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25/01/2009   3 comm. photo
Kill them all...
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03/02/2009    4 comm. photo
Reloaded
Kill them all...
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03/02/2009   4 comm. photo
Torches
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11/02/2009    2 comm. photo
Reloaded
Torches
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11/02/2009   2 comm. photo
Light my fire
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12/02/2009    2 comm. photo
Reloaded
Light my fire
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12/02/2009   2 comm. photo
The awaiting
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15/02/2009    2 comm. photo
Reloaded
The awaiting
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15/02/2009   2 comm. photo
Night fall
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24/02/2009    4 comm. photo
Reloaded
Night fall
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24/02/2009   4 comm. photo
Dismiss
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07/03/2009    4 comm. photo
Reloaded
Dismiss
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07/03/2009   4 comm. photo
Feu de joie
© Gal Eota  galeota
15/03/2009    3 comm. photo
Reloaded
Feu de joie
© Gal Eota  galeota
15/03/2009   3 comm. photo

 
 

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