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French and Frankish culture and history

Bones probably not those of Joan of Arc

Eighteen experts, working to determine if a rib bone and a piece of cloth belonged to St. Joan of Arc, have not completely finished their task but now feel that "there is relatively little chance that the remnants are hers."

Martin Scorsese to Develop Medieval Movie for Paramount

Martin Scorsese has signed to direct a screen version of Eric Jager's book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.

Joan of Arc Relic Authenticity in Doubt

A piece of bone and fragment of blackened cloth preserved in France since the fifteenth century may not be authentic relics of St. Joan. A new scientific examination of the items raises questions.

Charlemagne Story Filming in Europe

Love and Virtue, a film about Charlemagne based on The Song of Roland and Orlando Innamorato, will feature an all-star cast including John Malkovich, Peter O'Toole, Stephen Dillane and Darryl Hannah.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 14, 1066

The Battle of Hastings was fought on October 14, 1066 between William the Bastard's Norman forces and the Saxon defenders under King Harold II. It changed forever the culture and language of the British Isles.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 10, 732

Charles Martel's forces won the Battle of Tours fought on October 10, 732. Gibbon and other traditional historians credit his victory with saving Christian Europe from Muslim domination.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 8, 1361

Chronicles record that on October 8, 1361, Robert Macaire defended himself on trial by combat against charges of murder. The duel was fought on the Ile de Notre Dame, and Macaire's opponent was the murdered man's dog.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 2, 1535

On October 2, during his second voyage to North America, Jacques Cartier came to a town which he renamed "Montreal."

Today in the Middle Ages: September 30, 1139

Matilda, also called Maud, the daughter of Henry I, landed in England to claim its crown on September 30, 1139. She was the first woman ever to rule the kingdom of England.

Canada's First French Settlement Found

Archaeologists have solved a great mystery of Canadian history: the location of Jacques Cartier's 1541 settlement Fort Charlesbourg-Royal. The recent discovery of a 465-year-old pottery shard has placed the site near present day Quebec City.

Tourney by the Loch

description:
An Autumn in France

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Join the Barony of Loch Soilleir as we choose our new rapier, A&S and dance champions!

Compete to be our champion in the fields of Rapier, Youth Rapier, Arts & Sciences, and Dance.

Site: A Community of the Servant-Saviour Presbyterian Church, 11303 Hughes Rd., Houston, TX 77089

Site is wet in period containers only and is also tobacco free. Location:
Barony of Loch Solleir (Houston, TX)

French Castle Being Built in Medieval Fashion

Welcome to the modern Middle Ages! Researchers and craftsmen are working together to construct an authentic medieval castle in the forests of Burgundy, France. Ten years into the project, Guedelon Castle is about 1/3 completed.

Devonshire Tapestries Get Face Lift

One of only three full sets of surviving Flemish or French tapestries has been taken down from display at the Victoria and Albert Museum for cleaning and restoration.

Today in the Middle Ages: August 29, 1475

Edward IV of England invaded France on August 29, 1475, a few years after eliminating Lancastrian resistance at the Battle of Tewkesbury.

Today in the Middle Ages: August 28, 1549

On August 28, 1549, the Baron d'Aguerre and the Lord of Fendilles fought a duel with bastard swords after quarreling in the King's chamber.

Oldest North American Settlement Found - Quebec City

The Government of Quebec is to spend CDN$8 million on excavating a site believed to be the site of a fort built by Jacques Cartier built during his third and final voyage to the French colony.

Medieval Heavy Metal Pollution Still An Issue

Scientists have tracked down the source of heavy metal pollution on a site in Northern France to the remains of medieval metallurgical workshops.

The Plantagenets and Crecy

In an article in Primitive Archer Magazine, Gene Langston looks at the Battle of Crecy and the Plantagenet influence on historical archery.

Mont Saint-Michel to "Float" Again

Once an island, the Benedictine abbey of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy has become connected to the mainland by a buildup of silt. New plans by French engineers will return the landmark to its island status.

Today in the Middle Ages: July 11, 1302

Insurgent Flemish peasants shocked the chivalry of Europe by defeating the occupying French cavalry at Courtrai (modern Kortrijk) on July 11, 1302.

Today in the Middle Ages: July 3, 987

Hugh Capet was crowned King of France on July 3, 987, ending the Carolingian dynasty. His descendants would continue to reign until the French Revolution.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 30, 1451

The French captured the city of Bordeaux on June 30, 1451.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 27, 992

Conan "the Crooked," Count of Rennes and Duke of Brittany, died on June 27, 992.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 17, 900

On June 17, 900, Fulk, the Archbishop of Reims, was assassinated by the Count of Flanders, who was excommunicated as a result.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 7, 1520

The rival kings of England and France, Henry VIII and Francis I, met near Calais on June 7, 1520 for the meeting and tournament that became known as the Field of the Cloth of Gold.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 4, 1070

The first Roquefort cheese was made on June 4, 1070. Roquefort is a ewes' milk cheese with distinctive veins of blue mold.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 3, 1140

French scholar and famous lover Pierre Abelard was convicted of heresy on June 3, 1140.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 2, 1420

King Henry V of England married Catherine of Valois, the French king's niece, on June 2, 1420, in an effort to consolidate power over both nations.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 22, 1216

On May 22, 1216, French troops entered England by invitation in the First Baron's War, a rebellion ignited by King John's refusal to follow some provisions of the Magna Carta.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 21, 1420

On May 21, 1420, the Treaty of Troyes was concluded between England and France. Its terms included Henry V of England's betrothal to Catherine de Valois of France.