French and Frankish culture and history
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-04-04 14:23
An amazing fifty-foot (16 meter) long parchment scroll chronicling the history of the western world from creation through the year 1461 has recently been digitized by the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The scroll is lavishly illuminated. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-02-21 16:58
Steve Muhlberger (Duke Finvarr de Taahe of the Kingdom of Ealdormere) of the Department of History at Nipissing University has posted several tales, in English, written by Jean Froissart in the 14th century. The stories, which include romance, poetry and history, were aimed at an aristocratic audience.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-01-08 17:36
A battery of tests by a Frenc team of forensic scientists have identified the embalmed head of King Henry IV of France. The head disappeared during the French Revolution.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-12-23 07:08
The Harmonia Early Music website has posted a podcast of a program regarding the 15th century Feast of the Pheasant, a lavish banquet intended to kickoff a crusade against the Turks in Constantinople. The program features entertainment at the banquet.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-12-22 18:17
Now through February 6, 2011, the Getty Center will offer visitors a trip to France's medieval past by hosting Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500, a manuscript exhibition describing "how these lavish books contributed to the development of French art and the French nation."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-09-10 08:56
Archaeologists working near the ancient site of Vindunum (now Le Mans, France) have found an "exceptional discovery," a vast complex of temples dating to the first through third centuries C.E.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-08-28 15:43
The cloistered sisters of the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation near Avignon, France have a record deal. Their album, Voices – Chant from Avignon, will be release in November 2010.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-08-24 06:31
Baron Charles O'Connor of the Kingdom of Meridies reports that slides from his presentation on the Battle of Crecy, taught at a recent Meridies Royal University, are now available to view online.
Submitted by Melandra on Tue, 2010-07-27 17:04
THL Melandra of the Woods, who modernly works as the Education Coordinator for Ozark Medieval Fortress, has announced that the organization is offering a discount to traveling SCA folk on their way to or from three of the SCA's major events this year.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2010-06-27 11:17
A letter written by French philosopher Rene Descartes will be returned by Haverford College, Philadelphia, to the Institut de France.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2010-06-13 16:50
Peace-loving, religiously tolerant, a ladies' man and the coiner of the phrase "a chicken in every pot" -- 400 years later, France still thinks Henri IV is le Grand.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-06-06 14:34
The San Francisco Early Music Society will offer an early music summer camp for children August 1-6, 2010 at the Crowden Center for Music in Berkeley, CA. The camp has a Three Musketeers theme and will be directed by Tish Berlin.
Submitted by Alain de la Rochelle on Sat, 2010-05-15 08:41
And so the Great Tournament of Friends came and went. Four mounted warriors took the field and conducted several matches each. One mounted warrior, Fillipo Clemente Esposti, earned the title of Champion.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-05-07 07:03
For a mere US$185,000, you too can own your own 13th century manuscript, in this case 652 page vellum manuscript, illuminated throughout. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-05-01 10:31
On November 9, 1429, Joan of Arc dictated a letter addressed to the citizens of Riom, hoping to recruit reinforcements for the Siege of La Charité. A scanned image of her letter, complete with translation, is available on the Letters of Note website.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-04-08 18:04
For many years, visitors to the Cloisters in New York were treated to a glimpse of one of the museum's most precious artifacts, the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry, a 14th century manuscript, opened to only one page. Now, with the book unbound, they can gaze at all all 172 illuminations. (photos)
Submitted by Adhemar on Fri, 2010-04-02 14:46
The Hundred Years War Underground is a new forum created "for those interested in exploring the history of the Hundred Years War."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-03-27 12:18
Many Americans recognize the fleur-de-lis only as the team logo of the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints, but the symbol has a long, rich history.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2010-03-19 06:28
Thirty-seven statues of mourners from the 15th century tomb of John the Fearless and his wife Margaret of Bavaria are on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-02-07 12:44
A century after the Norman Conquest, the relationship between the French and the English was anything but cordial, if you can believe a 396-line poem written by an Anglo-Norman cleric.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-02-05 12:17
Devotees of Joan of Arc were disppointed recently to learn that relices of Joan of Arc, overseen by the Archbishop of Tours in Chinon, France, are not only fake, but actually the "bones of a human and a cat tracing back to ancient Egypt."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-01-31 09:26
Diane de Poitiers, mistress of King Henry II of France, was known for her youthful looks, which kept the interest of the king, twenty years her junior, but did her vanity and desperation lead to her death? Experts believe they did.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-01-29 18:01
Archaeologists working in Noisy-le-Grand, a suburb of Paris, have discovered two burial grounds dating to Merovingian and Carolingian times. The site is believed to contain more than 300 graves.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-01-09 08:21
Beginning March 2, 2010, the Belles Heures (1405–1408/9) of Jean de Berry, a lavishly-illustrated manuscript, will be on display at the Cloisters Museum in New York. The unbound leaves will remain on display until June 13, 2010. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-12-03 12:18
A team of archaeologists from the Institut national des recherches archaeologiques has discovered the fortifications of medieval Paris.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-11-29 15:50
History professor Valerie Garver knows that women faced challenges in the medieval world, but believes that they still played an important role in the world of Charlemagne. Garver's book, Women and Aristocratic Culture in the Carolingian World has been published by Cornell University Press.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-11-19 11:18
The Fête des Remparts is a medieval festival held every other year in the picturesque town of Dinan. The next Fête de Remparts will be held on 24th and 25th July 2010.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-11-16 19:20
The Battle of Agincourt took place on St. Crispin’s Day, October 25, 1415, and the details of the victory of the English over the French has been debated since that time. In a recent article for the New York Times, James Glanz looks at the controversy which continues to this day.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-11-16 17:59
Agincourt Computing has created a website chronicling the history and literature surrounding the Battle of Agincourt, the 1415 battle between the French and the English near Calais.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-11-09 21:47
On October 29, 2009, Gaul's most famous denizon, Asterix, celebrated his Lth birthday. (That would be 50 to the Roman-numerically-challenged.) The comic book character was created in 1959 by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo.