Tag Archives: French Revolution

St Anthony’s church in Loches, Touraine, Central France

Well, the church of St Anthony in Loches has had a renovation of late. By the entrance there has also appeared a 15th Century crucifix and a couple of information boards from which is gleaned the following: 1. “St Anthony’s … Continue reading

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The town of Descartes and the “gabelle” tax on salt

In France the word “gabelle” originally referred to general taxation, but from the 15th century onwards it was associated with the tax on salt. For administrative tax collection purposes the country was divided up into about 30 regions. Royalist officials … Continue reading

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The Vendée War of 1773-1799 ~ the Loire valley during the French Revolution

Following the French Revolution of 1789 one part of the Loire population became pitted against another. Basically, while the inhabitants of towns quickly saw the benefits accruing from the Revolution, rural peasants were inclined to oppose change (1). This led … Continue reading

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Animated Maps of French and World History

Here’s a site that I’ve only just discovered: The Map as History ~ animated and narrated maps (in English and French) for a better understanding of history.  It claims to be: The largest on-line collection of animated historical maps For … Continue reading

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Restaurant – funny word that – what’s its origins?

The word ‘Restaurant’ derives from the French verb restaurer,  meaning to restore. It was first used in France in the 16th century, to describe the thick and cheap  soups sold by street vendors that were advertised to restore your health. … Continue reading

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The Polish population in France and the Touraine (1800-2000)

Until August 28, 2011 at the National Museum of the History of Immigration, Paris is hosting an exhibition;  POLONIA: Poles in France since 1830.  It features materials from the archives of the Indre-et-Loire (the Touraine). The aim of the Paris … Continue reading

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Langeais in the Touraine ~ a history timeline

Langeais is one of the oldest towns in the Touraine Region and lies on the border with Anjou in the small valley of the Roumer River. Historically speaking, its people have suffered from being in the frontline of various battles … Continue reading

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Tours Chapel ~ Daughters of the Christian Union

On the rue de la Préfecture in central Tours there is a curious 17th Century Chaple; Église Réformée de France. The information plaque (below) gives a brief history of the chapel and its earlier life as the Chapel for the … Continue reading

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Traditional woman’s bonnet of the Touraine

In the book I recently purchased, Visage de la Touraine (published 1948), there is this sketch by a G. Royvan of a traditional bonnet as worn by women of the Touraine (see end of this blog). I know that I … Continue reading

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Map of Ligueil c.1800

The book La Vie a Ligueil Pendant La Revolution 1789-1795 includes an interesting map c.1800 of the small town of Ligueil in the South Touraine. I have reproduced it below:

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