Génolhac is a medieval village whose history dates back to the 11th century. Shaken by political-religious turmoil, each of its alleys tells of this troubled and fascinating history.
Among the first lords of Génolhac, we count Bermond d’Anduze, nephew of Count Raymond VII. Under his reign, in 1234, that the region topples into Catharism. Louis IX and the pope attach Languedoc to the kingdom of France in 1242.
Following this, Guillaume IV de Randon, wishing to establish his power in his lordship, requests the construction of a convent. In 1302, after a fierce political battle, the Dominicans finally settled in Génolhac.
With the Hundred Years’ War, it was the English who tried to invade the lands of Génolhac. Rebellious at heart, the Cevennes claimed their belonging to the kingdom of France and pushed back the English. Unfortunately, Génolhac suffered the full force of the ravages of the Black Death in 1349.
There followed a more prosperous period: the Renaissance. The ensuing relaxation of morals leads Luther to demand a new religion: protestantism. The Huguenots then tried to impose themselves around Mont Lozère, but were hunted down and burned in public places. During the Camisard war, we can notably remember the heroic and very controversial acts of Jouany, Camisard leader, and the 12,000 men who were killed.