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Château de Caen: Medieval Fortification in France

The Château de Caen is a castle in the Norman town of Caen in the Calvados département (Normandy). It has been officially classed as a Monument Historique since 1886. The castle was built c. 1060 by William the Conqueror (William of Normandy), who successfully conquered England in 1066. His son Henry I then built the Saint George's church, a keep (1123) and a large hall for the Ducal Court. On [...]

By | 2018-02-20T14:26:20+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of the Golden Spurs: Medieval Wars

The Battle of the Golden Spurs, also known as the Battle of Courtrai, was a battle fought between the Kingdom of France and the County of Flanders at Kortrijk (Courtrai in French) in modern-day Belgium on 11 July 1302. In 1302, after several years of unrest, the people of Flanders revolted against French rule and massacred many Frenchmen in the Belgian city of Bruges. King Philip IV of France immediately [...]

By | 2018-02-16T14:25:01+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Categories: Medieval|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Enceinte de Provins: Medieval Fortification in France

The Caesar Tower is a dungeon of the xii the century, located in Provins (Seine-et-Marne, France) at the top of the hill moved uptown. This is the only known square base octagonal dungeon. The tower also served as a prison. During the Hundred Years War, it was occupied by the English who surrounded it with a wall. The Caesar tower has been classified as a historical monument since 1846. History [...]

By | 2018-01-19T07:00:45+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Béarn, French Aircraft Carrier: World War II

Béarn was a French aircraft carrier. It served with the Marine nationale (French Navy) in World War II and later. Béarn was commissioned in 1927, and was the only aircraft carrier France produced until after World War II, and the only ship of its class built. She was to be an experimental ship, and was slated for replacement in the 1930s by two new ships of the Joffre class. [...]

By | 2017-12-26T15:56:46+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Strasbourg, French Battleship: World War II

Strasbourg was the second and last battleship of the Dunkerque class built for the French Navy before World War II.She was slightly more heavily armored than her sister ship Dunkerque. In 1922, the Washington Naval Treaty imposed a ten-year moratorium on the construction of new battlecruisers. France was allowed to replace two old battleships after 1927 for a total of 70,000 tons. In 1925, the first Italian Trento-class cruiser [...]

By | 2017-12-07T08:02:54+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Chateau Du Haut Koenigsbourg: Fortification in France

Chateau Du Haut Koenigsbourg is a castle situated on a hilltop near Kintzheim and just west of Sélestat in Alsace (in the commune of Orschwiller). The castle is one of the most visited sites in Alsace, and in France, both for the castle itself and the far-reaching views. History of Chateau Du Haut Koenigsbourg It was as early as the 12th century that a castle first stood here because the [...]

By | 2017-11-21T07:09:46+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cité de Carcassonne: Medieval Fortification in France

Named a World Heritage Site in 1997, Cité de Carcassonne has a history spanning more than 2,000 years. The largest former fortress in Europe, it has played a decisive role in the history of Languedoc. An Iron Age Oppidum transformed into a Roman town in the 1st Century BCE, the city-state became the possession of the powerful Viscount Trencavel who ruled over Bas-Languedoc. Situated on the right bank of the [...]

By | 2017-11-19T11:18:06+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Château Gaillard: French Medieval Castle

Standing for more than 800 years on a spur, the Château Gaillard looks over Les Andelys and one of the most beautiful meanders of the river Seine in Normandy. Built in a very short time in order to protect the river Seine and the city of Rouen from the ambitions of the King of France, Philip Augustus, the Château Gaillard is regarded as a perfect model of the military [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:31:08+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Collaboration With the Nazis: World War II

France declared war on Germany on Sept. 3, 1939, becoming one of the first countries, along with Great Britain, to stand up to the Nazi regime. The declaration of war came just two days after the German army invaded and annexed Poland. There weren’t many physical clashes between French and Nazi forces until May 10, 1940, when the Germans invaded France, occupying the northern half of the country, including [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:16:14+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Iron Face Mask: The Unidentified Prisoner

The man in the iron face mask, French l’homme au masque de fer (born c. 1658?—died November 19, 1703, Paris, France), political prisoner, famous in French history and legend, who died in the Bastille in 1703, during the reign of Louis XIV. There is no historical evidence that the mask was made of anything but black velvet (velours), and only afterward did legend convert its material into iron. He [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:31:41+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

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