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French and Frankish culture and history

Today in the Middle Ages: April 26, 1573

Marie de'Medici, Queen of France, was born on April 26, 1573.

April Fools or April Fish?

Wonder about the origins of the calendar's silliest holiday? What the heck was a "Poisson d’Avril?" Novopress.info has the story on its website.

Bird Paintings of Pierre Eskrich Rediscovered

Several albums of paintings of birds dating to the 16th century have been "rediscovered" by Roberta J.M. Olson, art curator for the New York Historical Society. The works were painted by French artist Pierre Eskrich, considered to be the inspiration for James Audubon.

Medieval Ship had Lucky Coin

A silver French coin, inscribed in Latin, has been discovered in the keel of the medieval ship found in Newport. Researchers believe this proves that the ship was French in origin.

Murder in France: a Very Cold Case

Cold Case Files could really cover a recent discovery in Plouezoc'h, France, where police spent several years trying to solve the murder of a woman found slain with a hatchet. Turns out, she died in the 15th century.

Remains of Joan of Arc to be Tested

A team of French scientists hopes that a series of tests will determine if remains discovered near Garches, France are those of 15th century heroine Joan of Arc.

French Coin Found in Newport Ship

Archaeologist Angela Karsten has discovered a 15th century French silver coin embedded in the keel of the Newport ship, a medieval vessel uncovered on the banks of the river Usk three years ago, leading experts to believe that the ship originated in France.

Italian Leader Hopes to Reopen Pilgrim Road

Former European Commission president Romano Prodi, who is running for election as Italy's prime minister next year, says if elected he will try to revive the 1,200-mile Via Francigena, a medieval pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome dating back to the 10th century.

Chartres Glass Being Restored to Jewel-Like Quality

A team of experts is working to restore the brilliant colors to Chartres Cathedral's famous stained glass windows. 16 of the 175 windows have already been restored with stunning results.

Female Heroes: Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine, a woman who was in many ways ahead of her time and who was one of the most important figures in the Middle Ages, is the subject of Aoife's Links this week.

"13th Century" Castle Under Construction in France

A group of 35 individuals, led by museum curator Michel Guyot and dressed in medieval garb, are attempting to construct a 13th century castle in a quarry in La Puisaye, France using medieval techniques and materials.

Micel Folcland

Micel Folcland is the Wisconsin-Indiana-Illinois branch of Regia Anglorum, an organization that recreates British history from 290 to 1066 CE. The main focus is Viking, Anglo-Saxon and Norman cultures, but others found in the British Isles during the appropriate time period are acceptable as well.

Le Poulet Gauche

Le Poulet Gauche is virtual re-creation of a family-run tavern in 16th century France, with detailed "interviews" with the various family members and employees. The Le Poulet Gauche web site contains extensive information on how to develop a persona and how to fill in the "little things" that give your existing persona more reality and texture.

Exhibit on Romanesque France at the Louvre Depicts Daily Life

"Romanesque France," an exhibition of 300 works of Romanesque art, will be on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris until June 6, 2005.

15th-century murder solved

Scientists carrying out tests on the exhumed remains of Agnes Sorel, the mistress of King Charles VII of France, have determined that she was poisoned with a lethal dose of mercury.

The Age: Loves Letters Found?

A new controversy involving the love letters of Abelard and Heloise has members of the literary and academic communities buzzing.

Middle School Students Learn About Renaissance Life - En Francaise

French teacher Alisa Dupuy uses her SCA experience to teach her students at John Witherspoon Middle School about life during the French Renaissance.

Heloise and Abelard Still Inspire Lovers

An essay in the New York Times by Cristina Nehring discusses five books on Heloise and Abelard.

NPR's Sunday Edition Features Medievalist

On Sunday December 26, 2004, NPR commentator Sheilah Kast interviewed author Eric Jager about his book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.

"Song of Roland" Online

The Online Medieval and Classical Library presents its 12th offering, "The Song of Roland."

British Hunters Choose France

Since fox hunting has been banned in Britain, many hunters are traveling to France.

Burgundian Treasures on Display in Cleveland

The Cleveland Museum of Art will host en exhibit entitled Dukes & Angels: Art from the Court of Burgundy (1364-1419) October 24, 2004 through January 9, 2005.

Agincourt Still in the News

BBC Radio 4 broadcast an article on Agincourt recently including commentary by Anne Curry, Professor of Medieval History at Southampton University and Michael Jones, medieval historian and writer. Listen online.

Paris Museum Garden Inspired by Tapestry

The medieval garden at the Hotel de Cluny, France's National Museum of the Middle Ages, was inspired by medieval tapestries.

New Battle Over Agincourt

Residents of the area near the site of the historic Battle of Agincourt are petitioning to block construction of wind turbines.

French Peat Bog Reveals Sobering Environmental Story

Nature: Excavations of a peat bog near Dijon, France have given researchers a look at the environmental history of a Celtic mining town.

"Warrior of Lattes" Discovered in Southern France

A 2500-year-old stone sculpture depicting an armored warrior has been unearthed in southern France.

British Businessman to Lead Archers in Second Battle of Agincourt

Don Baggs, an amateur historian from Monmouth, south Wales, wants to disrupt plans to build a windfarm near the site of the Battle of Agincourt by leading his own army of archers.

Louis XVII to Have Royal Burial, 209 Years Late

DNA analysis positively proves that a heart long believed to be that of Louis XVII is genetically compatible with DNA taken from the tombs of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux Returns to the Cloisters

The 14th century Hours of Jeanne d'Evreaux have returned to The Cloisters in New York City following conservation and the creation of a facsimile edition.