Execution

Molay's stake - ©The British Library / Public domain Molay's stake - ©The British Library / Public domain

A horrible smell of burnt flesh spread in all the Cité island. A black smoke, too. The monstrous yells of the prisoners under sentence of death stopped, fortunately. But their terrible curse still...

Sens townhouse - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA Sens townhouse - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

After Auvergne, Paris! April 5th 1606. Do you see this big fat lump trotting along the Sully townhouse? Oh, she’s queen Margot. Whoa, gosh! It’s a chock! When she was younger, all the chaps were in...

The square - ©Jibi44 / CC-BY-SA The square - ©Jibi44 / CC-BY-SA

The executions’ square A sinister place We are here in Nantes’ oldest district, mentioned at the end of the 10th century, when count of Rennes Conan I, nicknamed le Tors (″the Twisted″) raised the...

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For Dun’s defense! This 6-floors belfry from the 13th century, with its 1490 framework, is pretty amazing! It almost looks like a medieval keep, isn’t it? Also known as ″Clock tower″, it was part of...

The fountain: Louis XV - ©François de Dijon The fountain: Louis XV - ©François de Dijon

The square This square was named after the Dominican convent ("Preacher Brothers"), destroyed during the Revolution. Do you know that this is Aix’s oldest square, created by king René when he...

The square - ©François de Dijon / CC-BY-SA The square - ©François de Dijon / CC-BY-SA

Charles of Bourbon! King François I's famous constable, who later entered emperor Charles the Fifth’s service, the enemy! A treason, so he was exiled. Meanwhile, he invaded Provence in August 1524...

The square - ©Lsmpascal / CC-BY-SA The square - ©Lsmpascal / CC-BY-SA

A quiet square... In front of the D’Albertas town house, here’s the D’Albertas square, laid out between 1745 and 1746 by Jean-Baptiste d’Albertas (Henri Reynaud d'Albertas' son, the one who raised...

The castle - ©Manfred Heyde / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©Manfred Heyde / CC-BY-SA

A proud fortress The traitor’s gory punishment Biron belonged to the famous family of Gontaut since the 11th century. Biron was cut out for war, with its big keep! That’s good, Simon de Montfort...

Montfaucon - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain Montfaucon - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain

The gibbet's dark shade used to be here, in the current district of the Canal-Saint-Martin... Come over here... at number 53 of the rue de la Grange-aux-Belles, a lonely hill used to overlook Paris...

Boishardy's death (from Histoire de la Révolution, Thiers) - ©Jebulon / Public domain Boishardy's death (from Histoire de la Révolution, Thiers) - ©Jebulon / Public domain

During the French Revolution, the chouannerie shook Moncontour. The chouannerie? A bloody civil war between Royalists (the Chouans) and Republicans, in Western France… And in 1795, a Chouan leader...


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