Category Archives: Protestantism + Huguenots

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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New booklet on the family of Quaker, William Penn ~ it’s on its way


Just to let you know that I have written a shortish (36 page) booklet, “The life and family of William Penn: 260 years of bloody colonial history”. It covers: The Amassing of Wealth by the Penn family; Political Duplicity; Irish … Continue reading

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Marmoutier Abbey of Tours, Loire Valley: wars, popes, wine and women


Marmoutier Abbey was founded by Saint Martin of Tours (316-397), circa 372, after he had been made Bishop of Tours in 371. In 853 the original abbey was pillaged and destroyed by the Normans. Shortly after 1000 AD, the abbey … Continue reading

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Touraine History Walk ~ Paulmy to Le Chatelier, August 27th 2011


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History of the silk industry in the Touraine Region, France


The best-known type of silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm. The lustrous appearance of silk cloth is due to the triangular prism-like structure of its fibre. It is this structure that allows silk … Continue reading

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French Wars of Religion – a quick timeline


Further to my recent post, a few visitors have asked me when the French Wars of Religion occurred. This series of bloody wars came in separate but connected phases and present quite a complicated picture. So, for clarity’s sake I’ve … Continue reading

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Phew! Q, what a rollicking good read!


I recently finished reading ‘Q’ a novel by Luthur Blissett, Arrow Books. It’s a book that blasts you through the religious wars of 16th Century Northern Europe at a cracking pace. The authors (all four of them) are truly steeped … Continue reading

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