This legend goes back to the time when the monks of Lérins lived in their Abbey at Cap Martin. They lived in isolation out among the pine trees and, fearing an attack by pirates, the monks asked the villagers for their protection. One night, the monks rang the bell in their monastery to test whether the villagers would really come and save them. That was the signal they'd agreed on, and the villagers came hurtling out to the Abbey armed with pitchforks, hoes and sticks. There were no pirates to fend off and only the monks awaited them – delighted to see how dedicated the village people were. Some time later, the monastery really was subjected to an attack and the bell rang out in the night, but in vain. All the monks were ruthlessly massacred, so the story goes.