Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes
A reading by the Dean of Canterbury
Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes is Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of his “pilgrimage”, made alone, with Modestine the donkey he bought to carry his luggage for the twelve day walk across valleys and mountains in the South of France in 1878.
Stevenson’s notebook involves reflections on the various characters he meets in villages, inns and even a monastery, and he muses on how the religious wars of the past have shaped the communities and individuals he encounters. The journey, as one would expect with Stevenson, is beautifully described – as is the character of Modestine!
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Part One: Velay
Chapter 1 – The Donkey, the Pack, and the Pack-Saddle
Chapter 2 – The Green Donkey-Driver
Chapter 3 – I Have a Goad
Part Two: Upper Gévaudan
Chapter 4 – A Camp in the Dark
Chapter 5 – Cheylard and Luc
Part Three: Our Lady of the Snows
Chapter 6 – Father Apollinaris
Chapter 7 – The Monks
Chapter 8 – The Boarders
Part Four: Upper Gévaudan (continued)
Chapter 9 – Across the Goulet
Chapter 10 – A Night among the Pines
Part Five: The Country of the Camisards
Chapter 11 – Across the Lozère
Chapter 12 – Pont de Montvert
Chapter 13 – In the Valley of the Tarn
Chapter 14 – Florac
Chapter 15 – In the Valley of the Mimente
Chapter 16 – The Heart of the Country
Chapter 17 – The Last Day
Chapter 18 – Farewell, Modestine!