The counter-revolution in Laval du Tarn
After the Revolution of 1789, the dismissal of the king and numerous anti-religious measures, a very strong discontent rumbled in the north of the Lozère and the inhabitants started a "counter-revolution", led by the emblematic figure of the former deputy of the third estate Marc Antoine Charrier, originally from Nasbinals. The latter succeeded in seizing a large part of Lozère in 1793, and while he was victorious in Mende and Chanac, troops from the villages of Malene and Laval were organising. Jean-Joseph Monestier, mayor of Laval, decides to join the troops of Charrier still present in Mende. Along the way, he meets a troop of patriots from Ardèche, whom they first believed to be Charrier and his troops. 52 men were thus taken prisoner that day. 51 of the 52 prisoners were sentenced to death and executed on June 11 in Florac. Charrier was captured and executed the following month.