Philippe Pétain was 58 years old and a colonel when World War One broke out, and he had never seen active service. Yet within months he was a national hero and a commanding General and would soon command the entire French army and become known as ‘The Lion of Verdun’. He was later discredited as he … More Philippe Pétain – The Lion of Verdun
The war is over, the rubble cleared and the fires extinguished. It’s October 1945 and in a shaken Paris an enlarged version of the Algers Consultive Assembly is prepared to hold elections for a new Constituent Assembly who will lay the foundations for the Fourth French Republic. Rather than hold a referendum, Chairman of the … More What can Brexit take from post-war Paris?
Now, we have this man. And the man is a king, mind you. A great king. One who, allegedly, dared to say that He was the State. And, by the way, there is this tale of this man not really being the king, but a twin, or a lookalike, the real king being imprisoned behind … More Tous les matins du monde le Roi danse. Music in the Sun king’s era through French films.
Today I bring you a topic that we have explored very superficially elsewhere and that has been resurfaced due to some feedback and encouragement received via Facebook. You may see a couple of related updates too. These will all revolve around the topic of music in the court of the Sun King. And for this … More Couperin & Marais: French Musical Enhancement in the Court of the Sun King
Continuing with our First World War timeline, today we talk about two of the bloodiest battles: Somme and Verdun. We have already discussed them in previous updates, but as the battles continued, things kept on happening. Today however, I will be focussing on how these two conflicts came to a halt – or rather a … More 1916 Comes to an End at the Somme & Verdun
As many of you will know Canada and parts of the United States have historical ties to France. Today, Canada recognises French as an official language along with English and the recognised native languages of Chipewyann, Cree, Gwitch’ in, Inuinnqtun, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, North Slavey, South Slavey and the Dogrib language. This post will explain the … More Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain- Formation of New France
Just earlier on this week, my parents and I went to see a temporary exhibition in my home town in Spain, about Georges Méliès. The exhibition was organised by LaCaixa and is going around Spain (potentially elsewhere). I found it was nicely done, although we agreed all visits could probably do with a guide – … More Méliès: Cinema Incroyable
It Is Fun Art History With Lilly Time! Yeah! I know you’ve been waiting for this…(I have!)… As of late, I’ve been swinging by so many different time periods, that I realise how much I had neglected the 17th century! And, of course, what is the 17th century without Versailles and Neoclassicism? ( I could … More Art and Architecture in the Age of Louis XIV
The Battle of Verdun is one of the costliest battles in history. It exemplified the policy of a ‘war of attrition’ pursued by both sides, which led to an enormous loss of life. The battle lasted from February 21st 1916 to December 16th in 1916. This was the longest single battle of World War One. The casualties from Verdun and … More The Battle of Verdun 1916
Whilst getting ready for this paper I was quietly watching the television, late at night, when a story came to help me. The show was a documentary about Waterloo. The story was, roughly, about a private and his food on the morning of the battle, or rather, about the lack of food. So as the … More Napoleon’s Forgotten Tin Cans