The Treaty of Paris

On 3 September 1783, delegates from the United States of America and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the American Revolutionary War. Artist Benjamin West planned to complete a painting of the historic moment, but the British delegation refused to pose, so that gives you an idea of how bitter they were about all this. The treaty ceded all 13 original colonies … Continue reading The Treaty of Paris

One Last Battle

On 17 July 1453 the Battle of Castillon was fought between English and French forces near the town of Castillon-sur-Dordogne in Gascony. The battle marked the end of the not-so-aptly named Hundred Years’ War.

The war was less a war and more a collection of clashes and skirmishes that took place between 1337 and 1453, and they were primarily fought to determine who would wear the French crown. After the French captured Bordeaux in 1451, pretty much everyone thought the fighting was over, and indeed the English backed off for a few years, focusing on reinforcing Calais. But the people of Bordeaux weren’t happy at being forced to be French again, after years of being under English rule, so they sent King Henry VI a nice note, asking him to please recapture the province. Henry obligingly sent the Earl of Shrewsbury over with 3000 men, and the French were soon driven out of Bordeaux.

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Visiting Nice: What I Learned

2013-07-06 21.08.33Hello, everybody! As you may have noticed, things have been a bit quiet here on the Armchair Anglophile. It’s not because I threw my hands up and decided I’d had enough of this blogging thing–it’s because Husby and I were taking a much-needed holiday (our first together in almost 3 years!) I requested a trip somewhere warm, by the sea, and as we’d both enjoyed Nice on the Cote d’Azur during a one-day stop there during our honeymoon cruise, we decided to give that a go.

Excellent decision.

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The Battle of Bouvines

On 27 July 1214 the forces of the French king Philip II crushed an army composed of Imperial, English, and Flemish soldiers under the leadership of Otto IV of Germany, ending the 12-year Angevin-Flanders War and destroying England’s Angevin empire. Back in 1212, Ferdinand, the Infante of Portugal, lost the cities of Aire-su-la-Lys and Saint-Omer under the terms of the Treaty of Pont-a-Vendin. Predictably, he … Continue reading The Battle of Bouvines

The Invasion of the Isle of Wight

On 21 July 1545, the French landed for the last time on the Isle of Wight during the Italian Wars (makes sense, right?) and were firmly repulsed by the outnumbered English. This was not the first time the French tried to take the island, but it was the last. The French Invasion of the Isle of Wight was part of a string of battles that … Continue reading The Invasion of the Isle of Wight

The Borgias: The Illusionist

Previously on The Borgias: Lucrezia’s sometime lover and babydaddy Paolo came to town and got to see her and the baby before Juan got pissed and killed him, disguising the death as a suicide.

Poor Paolo is still hanging in the square, attracting some attention, including that of Cesare, who tries to hustle his sister out of there. She notices the crowd, however, and then sees its cause and completely falls to pieces in her grief. So I guess we know what the gossip in the square’s going to be for the next week or so. Cesare finds a suicide note that Juan planted on the body, because he’s both a moron and an asshole. Moron because most people of Paolo’s class at the time (including Paolo, as we know) were illiterate and asshole because suicide was (and still is) taken very seriously by the Catholic church and meant you couldn’t have a Christian burial. It basically meant you were consigned to hell for all eternity. Juan, you are such a douche. None of us are going to be sorry to see you die in the season finale (sorry, historical spoiler!). Now, Lucrezia knows Paolo couldn’t read or write, so the note clues her in to the fact that something is seriously amiss here. She gets up and starts to move away from the body, but then faints. Cesare picks her up and carries her home, telling one of their guards to take care of the body.

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Let’s Be Friends

After centuries of antagonistic relations (to say the least), Britain and France finally buried the hatchet with the signing of the Entente Cordiale on April 8, 1904. The Entente was a series of agreements that basically carved up giant chunks of Africa between the two nations: England got to keep meddling in Egypt and wouldn’t interfere in France’s attempts to “preserve order…and provide assistance in … Continue reading Let’s Be Friends