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In Upper Normandy, a short drive from Paris, France, sits the Church of Notre-Dame-des-Arts.
Built by the Roman Catholics in the sixteenth century, its rich decor and flamboyant style represented the return of investment to the town of Pont-de-l'Arche after the Hundred Years War. For decades the House of Plantagenet, rulers of the Kingdom of England, had fought against the House of Valois, rulers of the Kingdom of France, over the succession to the French throne. Both appealed to divine right to justify their violence, so it is perhaps ironic that this religious monument represented a temporary return to relative stability.

Across the river from the church lies a much more sober monument, but one equally tied up in politics and religion. 18 years working for the Commission for the Recovery of Victims Remains has led a team to this forest outside Pont-de-l'Arche. For a moment the diggers pause and their engines soften. A man bends down over the dig site. They have found somet…

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