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La Fin des Guerres, The End of Wars, is the first single from Marie Pellot's 2019-album Continuez à marcher! (Keep Marching On!). La Fin des Guerres retells a specific story from the Wars of the Orthodoxies (1396 - 1455), namely of the Siege of Château des Pommiers in 1435.

La Fin des Guerres received critical acclaim, but also caused a small scandal as more conservative groups within the Christianisme des Marins protested against the song's contents and the, according to them, "[...] clear condemnation of the Unbending Bishop Riaan Aury and his deeds during the Siege of Château des Pommiers." Pellot faced up to the criticism and that lead to a public discussion of the War on the Purs Croyants (1430-1435), a heated discussion, in which Son Excellence Roel Colaert had to intervene so that it stayed civil.

Background

Historical Background

Performance

Lyrics (English Translation)

The Last Act of War,
Summer of 1435.
Words already spoken
Cannot be taken back again,
Thoughts once had
Cannot be banished into the void.
Mud and Blood in Neighbour's Lands.
Where's the Greatness of it all?
Dying Miserable Deaths
In the shadow of the Apple-Tree Castle.
Château des Pommiers,
Last Stronghold,
Safety for woman and child,
Under Siege by the Unbending Bishop.
Knights of Holy Cause,
And men levied by Force.
Mud and Blood in Neighbour's Lands.
Where's the Greatness of it all?
Dying Miserable Deaths
In the shadow of the Apple-Tree Castle.
Three-Thousand men on the one side,
Opposed by a motley band of five-hundred.
The Apple-Tree Castle, old and cold,
Winter approaches fast,
First snow buries man and horse,
Firewood gets scarce.
Quite long guitar-solo
Unmoving, frozen from head to toe,
United in death, all soldiers are alike.
Blue from frost they are, as the Bishop calls to battle,
"Storm the Castle, in God's Name!"
Of fighting there is none,
As the soldiers take women and children to the slaughter,
"Kill them all, for God will know His!
Have no mercy, that is God's Perogative!"
Mud and Blood in Neighbour's Lands.
Where's the Greatness of it all?
Dying Miserable Deaths
In the shadow of the Apple-Tree Castle.
Their crime was a different thought,
Their crime was another idea,
Brothers and Sisters in Faith,
True to our shared ideals.
All of them were slaughtered,
All of them rest in shallow graves.
The Last Battle was thought,
The Dissentiment eradicated.
Mud and Blood in Neighbour's Lands.
Where's the Greatness of it all?
Dying Miserable Deaths
In the shadow of the Apple-Tree Castle.
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