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Ever since I saw Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd with the scene between Judge Turpin and Anthony, where Turpin mentions his ‘drawings’, I’ve always wondered about the credibility of the script: Oh yes… such practices. The Geishas of Japan, the concubines … Continue reading

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112 Gripes about the French

Do you find yourself hating or not understanding the French? Are you an American G.I. situated in France during 1945 after having just liberated it? Well then this is the pamphlet for you! Written and published in 1945 by the … Continue reading

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Anaximandre de Milet

Anaximandre, né vers 610 av. J.-C. et mort vers 547 av. J.-C., passe pour le premier philosophe à avoir écrit ses idées. Il était un élève de Thalès et diriga l’école milésienne après ce dernier. Comme Thalès, Anaximandre croyait en … Continue reading

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Thalès de Milet

Thalès de Milet, connu tout simplement sous le nom de Thalès, est né vers 625 av. J.-C. et mort vers 547 av. J.-C. Il faisait parti des Septs Sages: Solon d’Athènes, Chilon de Sparte, Pittacos de Mytilène, Bias de Priène, … Continue reading

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The Victor Noir Affair

Victor Noir was born in Paris on the 11th of January 1870. His notoriety started when a radical newspaper, La Revanche, published an article against Bonapartists and dictatorships. Then Emperor Napoleon Bonapart III’s cousin, Prince Pierre Bonaparte, responded by having … Continue reading

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La Castiglione: Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione

La Castiglione, as she is known around the world, mainly in France, was Countess of Castiglione and known as the most beautiful woman of her time, a seductive behind-the-curtains diplomat, and one of the earliest photographing models. She is also … Continue reading

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The Beginning of the Tudor Legacy

The Tudor family is most known for Henry VIII and his six wives. His two headstrong daughters, Mary and Elizabeth are also well known among the Tudors. In all, five Tudors ruled England and its kingdoms, the first one being … Continue reading

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Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII

Although a lot of movies and media exist around Henry VIII, they always start with Anne Boleyn or later. I wonder why that is. I personally think that how Henry married Catherine is just as interesting, and just as long: … Continue reading

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What came after Napoleon?!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wondering what happened after Napoleon? How would France get from an Empire to a restored Monarchy to the presidential republic it is today? Well, it isn’t exactly simple, but let me break … Continue reading

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How a new branch of historical painting emerged

The French Revolution is arguably one of the most important moments of French history. It all started quite slowly and progressively. When Louis XVI inherited the throne along with his Austrian wife, Marie Antoinette, France was destitute. It had just … Continue reading

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