Having more literary than religious vocation, the young Capuchin monk Venance Dougados was sent on a fund-raising tour in 1786 among the peasants and gentry of the Monts de Lacaune in southern France. He returned with the work presented here, in verse and prose. The work was original, humorous and with pre-romantic undertones; it brought him much success, but at the same time aroused anger of his superiors. Remy Cazals offers a critical edition of this text, accompanied by a biography of its author, who became inflamed by the passions of the Revolution, and who was guillotined in 1794.
Remy Cazals is Lecturer in History at the Universite de Toulouse-Le Mirail.