French and Frankish culture and history
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.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-09-01 08:18
Several months ago, the Morgan Library and Museum received a new treasure: the prayer book of Queen Claude of France, a contemporary of Anne Boleyn. Bound in red velvet, the book is smaller than a credit card and contains "fifty-two folios, painted front and back with a hundred and thirty-two miniature illuminations."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-08-29 05:25
On a street in Strasbourg, France in the summer of 1518, a woman began a fervent 6-day dance that led to a month-long dancing frenzy by more than 400 people. Modern scholars are still undecided about what caused the "Dancing Plague."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-08-11 16:42
In an announcement at the major conference on the Bayeux Tapestry which took place recently at the British Museum, Anna Eliza Stothard was cleared of an accusation of vandalizing the tapestry.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-08-01 08:27
King Arthur might have been French. Heresy? Not according to the organizers of "King Arthur: A Legend in the Making," a medievalists' conference at Rennes University. Many of the Arthurian tales are set in Brittany in the north of France.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-04-30 18:25
The remains of a Templar knight have been discovered in a tomb near Rennes-le-Chateau, France along with a cache of gold and coins. The mummified body wore the still-recognizable shroud of the order. (video)
Submitted by Nevik on Tue, 2008-03-11 08:13
Teribus (featuring Midrealm drummer Nevik) will be performing their first concert within the borders of the Barony of Fenix in the Middle Kingdom on March 22, 2008.
Submitted by lorenzo_petrucci on Wed, 2008-02-27 10:13
The Renaissance Dance Database is a tool for accessing the various dance resources available on the web. It enables searching by style, creator, primary source, or number of dancers. Suggestions of new links and resources are always welcome.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-10-14 08:31
Genevieve la flechiere, of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, reports the discovery of a blog (mainly in French) dedicated to medieval illuminated manuscripts and, in particular, music manscripts.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-10-06 12:18
A new book by French journalist Marcel Gay claims to prove that Joan of Arc was a French royal who did not die on the stake but was rescued by the English.
Submitted by Karen on Sun, 2007-09-23 11:42
"The Dawn of the Burgundian Century" will be on display at the Groeningemuseum through January 6, 2008.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-09-17 17:51
Contrary to popular belief, the Gauls during the time of Julius Caesar may not have been the rough barbarians as depicted in the Asterix books but a civilized society whose leaders lived in palaces.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-09-04 11:40
In an upcoming article for The Journal of Modern History Allan A. Tulchin cites the study of documents and grave sites as evidence for homosexual civil unions in 15th century France.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-08-26 09:02
A new study of clothing from Anglo Saxon graves by archaeologist Penelope Walton Rogers shows that most styles followed the customs set in northern France.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2007-08-23 07:49
An enameled medieval crucifix stolen from France by the Nazis has resurfaced in an Austrian rubbish skip. It was discovered by a china-fancier looking for old plates in the belongings of a deceased neighbor.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-07-18 18:14
Archaeologists working in the Tronçais forest of France have discovered over 100 Roman settlements, the legacy of which continue to affect the ecology of the area.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-06-30 11:30
We invite one and all, young and old to join us for a day of fighting and feasting, arts and sciences, glory and revelry to be remembered! Our event autocrated by the talented Lord Liam MacanTsaoir is themed on the battle of Agincourt that was fought in northern France as part of the Hundred Years' War. The battle was fought on a rainy day, the feast day of Saint Crispin, in 1415 between the English and Welsh army of King Henry V and the French army of King Charles VI. Location:
Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands (Dorseyville, Pennsylvania)
Submitted by Istanpitta on Fri, 2007-06-08 11:46
Istanpitta Early Music Ensemble will again be performing at Pennsic this year.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-06-08 09:33
15th Century France - a time of many changes for France and despite wars and plague, there is happiness! The latter part of the 15th century The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries were commissioned by the La Viste family. They depict the 5 senses and Love.
This years 12th Night will embody elements that will tintalate your 5 senses and let's not forget LOVE. Come and be prepared to See, Hear, Smell, Touch and (let's not forget the feast), Taste. Of course "A mon seul desir" (meaning: "to my only desire"), will play an important part. Mistress Mirianna and Mistress Gabrielle are working on creating the six tapestries, which will hang in the hall. There will still be room for your banners, so please bring them to hang in the hall alonside the tapestries.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-05-30 20:00
The discovery of an ancient map may show that the English and the Scots fought side by side at the 16th century Siege of Leith, the battle which brought about the end of the Auld Alliance.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Thu, 2007-05-10 11:32
Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe, is a nonfiction history book set in 13th-century medieval Europe and follows the story of the four daughters of Count Raymond Berenger V and Beatrice of Savoy.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-04-15 13:08
John Leicester of the Globe and Mail reports on the ongoing controversy over the remains of Joan of Arc. The verdict: It is a rib bone, but it did not belong to Joan of Arc.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-04-10 11:11
avidavid62 has posted an animated version of the Bayeux Tapestry on YouTube where the paintings actually move. The film was created by David Newton.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-03-28 12:26
On his website, French re-enactor Bernhardt de Teyssonnière (his period name) shares photos of his armor as well as the sources he used for his research.