Category Archives: 17th Century

Cosette FRÉVAL ~ weaver of hemp, linen and wool ~ Saint Rémy-sur-Creuse (86)


A few days ago Sandra and I had the pleasure of meeting  with a local artisan weaver and fabric designer, Cosette FRÉVAL. Cosette has been interested in weaving since she was 18 years of age. She, with her husband, Guy,  … Continue reading

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Les “Tambours tourangeaux” ~ playing in Descartes this Sunday!


Les “Tambours tourangeaux” will be playing in Descartes market on Sunday, 26th July from 10am to 12noon and then, from 3pm, starting from the Descartes Museum they will be leading a guided tour in the footsteps of René Descartes through … Continue reading

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C17th Clermont Château or should that be Chasteau? What’s in a circumflex?


At the end of this blog are two C17th images of the southern aspect of Clermont Château in the Loire Valley. One is by an unknown artist while the other is attributed to Louis Bourdan whose work appears in a … Continue reading

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C17th and C18th plans and maps of Amboise in the Loire Valley, Touraine


Just right-click on any image to see enlargement. Source http://gallica.bnf.fr/

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Strange happenings in the sky over the Touraine ~ 1670 ~ can you shed any light?


Well, who can explain the story behind the image below of happenings in the sky above the Touraine during the 5th to the 15th August, 1670? I have no idea if the blazing planks represent comets or meteors ~ but … Continue reading

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Maillé and Luynes in the Touraine ~ C17th images by Louis Boudan


The commune of Maillé in the Touraine is burned into the minds of many as the place of the Second World War massacre. But, of course, the small town and its surrounding district has more history than that single tragic … Continue reading

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Louis Boudan, (16..-17.. ) draftsman and engraver of scenes of the Touraine


In second half of the  seventeenth century the French antiquary, Roger de Gaignières (1644-1715), fascinated by the history of France, amassed an extensive collection of historical manuscripts, portraits and original documents relating mainly to the French monarchy and ecclesiastical history … Continue reading

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