Tag Archives: France

Frangleterre: The Union That Could Have Been

In the run up to the British General Election on May 7th there has been a great deal of debate about Britain’s role within Europe and, more importantly, the European Union. Among Europhobes, the great threat is that the EU will evolve into a superstate, a United States of Europe. The idea of a united […]

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The Reverse Marco Polo

In the West everyone knows the story of the Croat, Marco Polo, who traveled from Italy to the court of Kublai Khan in China in the 13th century. Whilst it has become a fairly common belief that Marco Polo, in fact, didn’t go to China, but instead took his stories of China from merchant sailors, […]

The Man Who Ate Everything

Today there is a high social focus on healthy eating. Television is flooded with programmes detailing various peoples eating disorders from anorexia through to people too fat to leave the bed. However, in 18th century France there was a man who could put both ends of the spectrum to shame for this man was apparently […]

The Devil Worshiper who followed a Saint

The Hundred Years war between England and France produced countless heroes on both sides and its battles have become part of our national psyche. It is still common today for the English to gloat about their great victory of Agincourt or the exploits of the Black Prince. The Patron Saint of France was one of […]