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Burghers of Calais, Westminster, London
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Rodin's statue of the Burghers of Calais stands close to the Houses of Parliament in Victoria Tower Gardens. The story goes that during the mid-fouteenth century the French port city of Calais was under siege by the English. Eventually its citizens were starved into submission. The English commander said he would spare the city if it surrendered to him six of its leading citizens, who presumably would be executed. Six of the leading burghers, tired and half starved, came through the gates of Calais to meet their fate in return for allowing their fellow citizens to live but the English commander's wife, about to give birth at that tiime, persuaded her husband to spare the burghers' lives in order to bestow good luck upon her unborn child, or so the story goes.  In any case it was this tale which inspired Rodin to create his sculpture centuries later in the late-eighteen hundreds.

How it came to be in Westminster's Victoria Tower Gardens I've no idea, but no doubt those interested will easilly research it on the Internet.

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