Starting to look at the history of the Touraine ~ in the Loire Valley of Central France.


So here it is my first blog on the social history of the Touraine Region, where I live in Central France.

I’ve lived in the Touraine for just over two years and thought it time to stop reading about the area and put fingers to keyboard.

Musicians at Chedigny Rose Festival

Musicians at Chedigny Rose Festival 2008

I’ve been thinking of which topics to include. The effects of WWII on the area and in particular the role of local resistance to Nazi-ism will certainly feature. There are a number of local publications on this important topic but little or nothing in English. I hope this blog will go someway towards meeting that deficit and will also be a foil to the usual portrayal of the Fench people in the UK press as being inept and cowardly.

The life of Joan of Arc will certainly feature. But this will not be a blog about the great & the good, Plantagenets and Chateaux. Rather I’ll be blogging about the insights I glean about the workers and peasants, the extra~ordinary people of the region after the more orthodox history reapers have passed by.

I hope you enjoy.

About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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4 Responses to Starting to look at the history of the Touraine ~ in the Loire Valley of Central France.

  1. Eileen Duck says:

    Good one Jim, Looking forward to reading all about your beautiful Touraine.

  2. Colin Dyson says:

    Nice one M. McNeill, will look foward to reading with interest.

  3. Axelle says:

    Good idea Jim! There is so much history in our beautiful region! 🙂 (Sorry, I don’t know if that sentence makes sense in English). WWII, the “ligne de dĂ©marcation” (dividing line?) etc… Can’t wait to read your posts!

    (PS: Question about a detail: why do you write Touraine with two “N”? Is it the english way to write it? Because in french it’s Touraine with one “N”)

    • Jim McNeill says:

      Hi Axelle
      Thanks for spotting my spelling mistakes ~ I’ve corrected them now.
      I know you are studying to be a teacher of history. Do you have any pieces of local/regional history you would want to share?

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