Génolhac, medieval city...
Among the first lords of Génolhac, there are Bermond Anduze, nephew of Count Raymond VII. So under his rule, in 1234, the region politically switches to Catharism. Louis IX and Pope quickly subdue this alliance of the enemies of the Christian faith and the Languedoc attached to the Kingdom of France in 1242.
Following this, William IV of Randon, wishing consolidate his power in his lordship, requires 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. Rebel at heart, the Cevennes vindicated their membership of the Kingdom of France and drove the English. Unfortunately Génolhac suffered the brunt of the ravages of the Black Death in 1349.
Follows a more prosperous period: Renaissance. The relaxation of morals ensuing Luther leads to demand a return to the roots of Christianity. The mass Cévenols adhere to this new religion: Protestantism. The Huguenots while trying to impose around Mont Lozère, but are hunted down and burned on public square. During the War of Camisards that may especially remember the heroic acts and controversial Jouany, camisard leader, and 12,000 men who were killed.
The hamlet of Bridge Rastel: Although this hamlet is part of the municipality of Génolhac, it is so close to Chamborigaud that some consider him a part of the village. Once the home of the writer Jean Pierre Chabrol, Bridge Rastel keeps surprising by its dynamism. This small hamlet of farmers and miners, accessible by a beautiful sixteenth-century bridge attached to a former silk, offers quasi-permanent animations.