French and Frankish culture and history
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-04-01 15:46
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-03-26 10:28
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.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-03-08 20:53
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-02-25 21:56
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.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-02-20 09:55
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.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Thu, 2006-02-09 10:07
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.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Sun, 2005-12-04 15:31
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-10-22 16:55
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.
Submitted by Aoife on Thu, 2005-10-20 11:02
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-09-03 14:02
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.
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2005-08-30 15:10
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.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2005-05-19 09:47
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2005-04-14 12:34
"Romanesque France," an exhibition of 300 works of Romanesque art, will be on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris until June 6, 2005.
Submitted by Karen on Mon, 2005-04-11 07:57
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2005-03-10 10:59
A new controversy involving the love letters of Abelard and Heloise has members of the literary and academic communities buzzing.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2005-03-04 07:33
French teacher Alisa Dupuy uses her SCA experience to teach her students at John Witherspoon Middle School about life during the French Renaissance.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2005-02-25 17:55
An essay in the New York Times by Cristina Nehring discusses five books on Heloise and Abelard.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2004-12-28 17:14
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.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2004-12-08 12:27
The Online Medieval and Classical Library presents its 12th offering, "The Song of Roland."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2004-12-05 17:34
Since fox hunting has been banned in Britain, many hunters are traveling to France.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2004-11-09 11:47
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.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2004-09-21 10:38
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.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2004-09-03 20:25
The medieval garden at the Hotel de Cluny, France's National Museum of the Middle Ages, was inspired by medieval tapestries.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2004-02-03 16:34
Residents of the area near the site of the historic Battle of Agincourt are petitioning to block construction of wind turbines.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2004-01-30 17:32
Nature: Excavations of a peat bog near Dijon, France have given researchers a look at the environmental history of a Celtic mining town.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2003-12-20 10:45
A 2500-year-old stone sculpture depicting an armored warrior has been unearthed in southern France.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2003-12-19 15:49
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.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2003-12-09 22:38
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.
Submitted by Karen on Fri, 2003-10-03 04:09
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.
Submitted by Aoife on Sat, 2003-09-27 17:05
Dame Aoife shares her research on medieval Paris in this selection of links.