The pâté from Pithiviers and king Charles IX's funny hassle

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What’s this?

This is a pâté with lark meat, a typical speciality from city of Pithiviers, made here since 5 centuries!

The lark is pretty rare, now, in France, and its hunting is very controlled.

The little history

The tradition says king Charles IX, visiting his mistress in Le Hallier castle (near Pithiviers), was hunting one fine morning in woods.

Aah, he loved galloping and hunting! And there, he was tracking down a pretty big beast!

He ran, he ran all day long after the animal. In vain... he lost it!

And the king was lost, too. At night, starving and exhausted, he came across lads, sat around a fire and a delicious golden pâté.

The king... suddenly realized he came across Protestants! These guys didn’t recognize Charles: they even tied him up to a tree, thinking he was a spy!

A little stunned, Charles stated his identity: Protestants set him free.

They even shared the pâté. This one was probably delicious, because Charles forgave the men...