A week ago today – 14 July 2015 – a national holiday took place all over France.
It was called Bastille Day.
This anniversary marks the Storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789.
Led by the revolutionaries of Paris, the angry pheasants stormed the medieval prison called Bastille in Paris to get out the people, who were unfairly imprisoned. This event prompted the French Revolution of 1789, and the eventual fall of the French Monarchy.
France, as we know it, was born. Continue reading Bastille Day and the Storming of Bastille
Throughout history, many things were lost. Be it civilisations, buildings, people, countries, and things.
More often than not, the aspects that were gained are spoken about in history. But what about the details that were lost?
This will be a new series, discussing the losses throughout history, focussing on a different era or a different country each time, examing three things. This post focuses on the ever-popular city of Paris in France. Continue reading The Things History Lost: Paris
A little over a year ago, I went to live in Paris for a few months, to learn French and teach English.
During my time there, I went on a mission to discover medieval Paris. I had just graduated from my MA in Medieval Studies, and I had an idea to set up a walking tour, so that others could discover the hidden medieval treasures of Paris.
I knew that this famous city came from humbler beginnings, which I wished for the world to be more aware of. For it was not always the ‘City of Love’…
Back in the Middle Ages, Paris was the hub of the academics. Students from all over Europe came to Paris, to converse together, exchange ideas, and study the Classics. Continue reading Walking Through Medieval Paris: Introduction