French and Frankish culture and history
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-01-10 17:19
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."
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2007-01-02 08:24
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-12-19 08:49
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.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2006-12-01 10:15
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-10-14 12:30
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-10-10 10:16
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-10-08 12:26
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-10-02 12:15
On October 2, during his second voyage to North America, Jacques Cartier came to a town which he renamed "Montreal."
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-09-30 11:58
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.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-09-20 15:57
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-09-18 12:37
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.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-09-05 22:09
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.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Mon, 2006-09-04 19:15
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-08-29 11:50
Edward IV of England invaded France on August 29, 1475, a few years after eliminating Lancastrian resistance at the Battle of Tewkesbury.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-08-28 11:07
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.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Fri, 2006-08-25 18:22
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.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Tue, 2006-08-22 18:15
Scientists have tracked down the source of heavy metal pollution on a site in Northern France to the remains of medieval metallurgical workshops.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-07-26 17:41
In an article in Primitive Archer Magazine, Gene Langston looks at the Battle of Crecy and the Plantagenet influence on historical archery.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-07-12 10:05
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-07-11 10:49
Insurgent Flemish peasants shocked the chivalry of Europe by defeating the occupying French cavalry at Courtrai (modern Kortrijk) on July 11, 1302.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-07-03 12:03
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-06-30 10:57
The French captured the city of Bordeaux on June 30, 1451.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-06-27 12:02
Conan "the Crooked," Count of Rennes and Duke of Brittany, died on June 27, 992.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-06-17 12:18
On June 17, 900, Fulk, the Archbishop of Reims, was assassinated by the Count of Flanders, who was excommunicated as a result.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-06-07 11:07
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-06-04 12:21
The first Roquefort cheese was made on June 4, 1070. Roquefort is a ewes' milk cheese with distinctive veins of blue mold.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-06-03 11:57
French scholar and famous lover Pierre Abelard was convicted of heresy on June 3, 1140.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-06-02 23:59
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-05-22 15:52
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-05-21 12:21
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.