French and Frankish culture and history
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-11-19 12:18
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 20:20
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 18:59
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 22:47
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.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-10-19 14:38
Nestled between the Rhône and the Saône rivers in east-central France, the city of Lyon offers visitors 2,000 years of history. Tourists are encouraged to visit by Andrea Bolitho in a recent blog forFrance Today.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-09-11 07:21
Posted on YouTube is a video clip of the medieval music duo performing Quant la doulce jouvencelle. The performance is in French.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-08-21 10:20
A group of medieval enthusiasts in Burgundy in France are building a castle using only medieval tools and techniques. An MP3 version of the radio story is available to download online.
Submitted by Guy_De_Dinan on Tue, 2009-08-11 12:16
A new web site provides searchable databases of the detailed service records of 250,000 medieval soldiers, including archers who served with Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt.
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2009-08-11 10:11
This web site, created by Dr. Adrian Bell of the ICMA Centre and Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton (UK) and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, catalogs all known service records for soldiers in the Hundred Years War between 1369 and 1453 CE.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-06-13 14:51
When asked the best way to view the Roman heritage of France, Patrick Périn, the director of the Musée des Antiquités Nationales replied, "Go South." That is what travel reporter Elaine Sciolino did to research her article for the New York Times. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-05-16 07:39
Sir Angus O'Niall, Founder of the Academy of Knightly Arts, reports that French National television recently covered a documentary in which he participated involving "a bunch of steel fighters" who fought tournaments in castles in southern France.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-04-22 15:49
Was Leonardo da Vinci, "poet, musician, philosopher, engineer, architect, scientist, mathematician, anatomist, inventor, architect and botanist," the true Renaissance man, or was he just a "frustrating dilettante?" Curators of the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise, France, da Vinci's last home, are betting on the former and hope for the success of their "world's first "intellectual and cultural theme park."
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2009-04-22 07:51
On April 22, 1370, the first stones of the Bastille were laid in Paris. Initial construction of the fortress was completed in 1382.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-03-24 21:14
A recent archaeological dig sponsored by the Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives and the ARTeHIS Laboratory (CNRS/Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication/Université de Bourgogne) shows that the production of burgundy wine near Dijon, France dates to Roman times.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-03-20 17:43
A batch of leather shoe soles dating from the 13th to 18th centuries was found in 2005 in a hollow tree trunk in an ancient trash dump in Lyon, France. The soles are well-preserved.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-03-10 19:12
Writer, chef, and cooking school owner Susan Herrmann Loomis suspects that spirits may inhabit one room of her 12th century house in Louviers, a small Norman town north of Paris. Ronert P. Walzer of the New York Times looks at Loomis' renovation of the labyrinthan house into a home and cooking school.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-03-02 18:22
The Treasures of the Black Death exhibit at London's Wallace Collection showcase two hoards of medieval jewelry dating to the 14th century. The treasures were owned - and buried with - Jewish families who perished during the Black Plague. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-02-23 00:31
An authentic chainmail hauberk is being offered for sale on eBay. According to the description, the 14th to 15th century piece is "of highest quality and in perfect condition of preservation," although it appears to be missing one sleeve.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-02-18 18:59
The remains of several Benedictine nuns from the Sainte-Croix Abbey near Poitiers, France have shown evidence that the sisters died of the plague, probably while caring for other victims of the disease. Their deaths have been dated to the early 17th century.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-02-18 08:48
Researchers working with land documents dating to the 13th century have discovered Facebook-like social networks that tied together ten villages in southwest France.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-02-04 11:58
Two dozen letters, written in a secret code by Mary, Queen of Scots, will soon be available online to visitors of the Scottish Catholic Archives website.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-02-03 12:36
In a strange footnote to the Hundred Years' War, a Sienese merchant named Giannino di Guccio came to believe that he was actually King Jean I of France. A new book, translated from Italian, he Man Who Believed He Was King of France by Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri, tells the story.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-01-30 17:40
National Review Online has posted an interview with author Bernard Cornwell discussing his new book Agincourt. The interview is in MP3 format.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-12-22 18:12
You've heard of "Bowling for Dollars?" In England, it's battling for cheese, a publicity stunt to determine who claims bragging rights for the best bleu cheese between representatives of France's Saint Agur and Britain's Stilton.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-12-03 12:51
British comedy stars Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders take on medieval life in this sketch set in a medieval French kitchen. The video is posted on YouTube. Cooks beware!
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-11-30 19:08
Musketeer expert Odile Bordaz believes she has discovered the final resting place of Charles de Batz de Castelmore d’Artagnan, made famous in Alexandre Dumas’s novel The Three Musketeers, who died during the Siege of Maastricht in the Netherlands in 1673.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-11-23 13:04
British metal detector enthusiast Peter Beasley was intrigued recently when he pulled a heavy gold ring from the ground near Petersfield, England. Now experts believe that the ring may have belonged to Robert, the eldest son of William the Conquerer. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-10-21 10:56
In his weekly podcast for September 24, 2008, humorist Garrison Keillor commemorates the 1066 Norman invasion of England with a discussion of how the French language affected food and cooking terms.
Submitted by Broom on Wed, 2008-09-24 16:12
On Saturday the XX of September, A.S. XLIII, a Laurel's Challenge was held at the St. Festus Faire in the Barony of Dragonship Haven (Southern CT).
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-09-13 18:46
No one seems to remember why the French repressed the Cagot people for nearly one thousand years. Now Marie-Pierre Manet-Beauzac, the last of the bloodline, is attempting to uncover the truth about a persecuted people. Sean Thomas of the Independent has the story.