Tag Archives: France

HISTORY MYSTERY: LOUIS-CHARLES – YES OR NO?

France’s ten-year-old uncrowned king, Louis VII, was ‘officially’ suppose to have died of typhus (today they could use Covid-19), instead of, as some people suspected, the abuse & neglect of his captors, but a lot of the populace didn’t even believe it was him in what was ‘officially’ his grave. Over two hundred years later, […]

HISTORY SHARE: NOTRE DAME RESTORATION

Impressive place. I took all three of our next generation to Notre Dame (one in 1984, the other two in 1993), and all of them can still remember the experience. Even the one who was in kindergarten at the time. https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/05/31/notre-dame-restoration/

TRIVIA TRAIL: SHORT-TERM SOVEREIGNS

Question: Which monarch holds the record for the shortest reign in history? Answer: It’s a draw. France’s Louis XIX, was obviously aware that, by July of 1830, the country’s populace just wasn’t all that into royalty anymore and abdicated within twenty minutes of ascending the throne. The other shortest reign claimant, Portugal’s Dom Carlos I […]

HISTORY SHARE: HISTORIC WRITERS: BARONESS ORZY

Today, people throughout France will be celebrating the Storming of the Bastille and the start of that country’s revolution. The names of several people associated with said revolution have definitely ‘gone down in history’, but so has that of the fictional Sir Percy Blakeney (a.k.a. The Scarlet Pimpernel), the dashing English peer who spiriting many […]

HISTORY SHARE: HISTORIC DISASTER: GREAT FLOOD OF PARIS, 1910

Floods of epic proportions have occurred throughout history. The worst one in France was in 1910. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36443329 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/07/amazing-photos-capture-1910-great-flood-of-paris-v-2016/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYJ5cq5bUC8

HISTORIC KIDS’ QUEST: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE

A tragic piece of history most kids will find of interest. In late June, 1212, the town of Vendôme in Central France found itself with a lot of extra kids. And I mean, a lot. Thousands of them, mostly under the age of twelve. An army of children marching to the Holy Land to win […]

TRIVIA TRAIL: EVACUATION OF DUNKIRK

Question: What was the military code name for the WW II evacuation of Dunkirk? Answer: Operation Dynamo, taken from the Dynamo Room in British Navy Headquarters (under Dover castle). On May 23rd, 1940, German forces were gaining the upper hand against the British, who were ordered to retreat to the beaches of Dunkirk. From May […]

TWO CAUSES FOR CELEBRATION

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada, and a Happy & Joyous Eid to all those celebrating the Festival of Sacrifice. It was in 1957 that the second Monday of October officially became Thanksgiving Day in Canada, but  feasts and celebrations were held in abundance before that, and not just after the harvest. There were also thanksgiving celebrations for […]

HISTORIC OCTOBER CELEBRATIONS

It’s October, and there are several October celebrations that have histories kids might like to investigate.  These include: Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day): Germany (October 3rd). The re-unification of Germany wasn’t all that long ago (1990), but it’s far enough back to be history to the children of the new millennium. The Rederie […]

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