Imprisonment

Françoise's grave - ©Passion Leica / CC-BY-SA Françoise's grave - ©Passion Leica / CC-BY-SA

Famous? Why? This grave belongs to Françoise Géllain, first buried in the Vaugirard cemetery. We read this on the stone:A la mémoire de Françoise Gellain dame Legros, couronnée par l’Académie...

The tower - ©Remi Mathis / CC-BY-SA The tower - ©Remi Mathis / CC-BY-SA

Persecuted... Crest was used as a sinister jail between the 17th and the 19th century, for Protestants mainly. Hey, by the way, look at her: Isabeau, the lil lunatic shepherdess. She was locked in...

St-Bernard gate and la Tournelle - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain St-Bernard gate and la Tournelle - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain

Chains and towers Tournelle? An old square tower from the medieval wall put up by king Philippe Auguste in 1185... which stood on the corner of the current bridge, on the quai de la Tournelle.This...

The castle - ©GO69 / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©GO69 / CC-BY-SA

Events in the barony Big castle, proud lords! Mareuil was part of the 4 famous baronies of Périgord, with castles of Biron, Beynac et Bourdeille. A big strong fortress! Hey, famous people succeeded...

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English and French reconcile? George Sand, who praised the poetic name of the place, said this about Lys origin: king of France Philip Augustus and Richard Lionheart reconciled during a feast and...

Louis XI and his cage - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA Louis XI and his cage - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

The keep Raised by the count of Anjou Foulques Nerra in 1030 on a feudal clod, it took 10 years to built this giant keep (37 m. high)! Because Foulques the ardent was a super conqueror: he wanted to...

Ludovico's jail - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA Ludovico's jail - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

The atmosphere which reigns here in the Martelet is pretty oppressive, perfectly sinister! Do you hear the prisoners’ sighs, their screams, their endless tortures?...The crumbled giant We find cells...

The northern side of the island - ©Ipigott / CC0 The northern side of the island - ©Ipigott / CC0

The wolf’s lair Men lived here since Prehistoric times, since they found little houses with bronze weapons and some Gallic and Roman money. In 1351, a garrison settled and raised a fortress. Then...

Joan's stake (extract from J. d'Arc et la Normandie au 15e s) - ©The British Library / Public domain Joan's stake (extract from J. d'Arc et la Normandie au 15e s) - ©The British Library / Public domain

What’s this? Oh, no need to cry, really! But you’ll just melt for these little roasted and caramelized almonds coated with chocolate and rolled in cocoa’s powder!The little history Confectioners...

The tower - ©Cyrilb1881 / CC-BY-SA The tower - ©Cyrilb1881 / CC-BY-SA

This tower is the only vestige of Etampes fortress! A fortress founded by king Robert the Pious and his wife Constance at the beginning of the 11th century. The keep itself was founded circa 1150...


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