Hidden in the valleys of the southern slopes of the European Alps of Italy, tight against the French border, live a people with an amazing history. Known as the Waldenses, these progeny of Peter Waldo of Lyons, France, live amid a vista of steep-sided valleys, rushing streams and snow-capped peaks. The mountain passes into France and Switzerland are high and difficult, but below them forests of beech and chestnut grow and cattle graze. The cold, pristine air invigorates.
But against this same backdrop, in these same valleys some 400 years ago, innocents were slaughtered and the stream flowed with blood. language along with the concept of freedom of conscience and to worship—or not—as we please.
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