"A pious, peaceful man, York
had fought his country's enemy only after great deliberation and had to be convinced that war was sometimes necessary."1
On this day let us remember Sergeant York
Celluloid Soldiers: The Warner Bros. Campaign Against Nazism By Michael E. Birdwell.
A Moroccan man whose wife wears a veil has been denied citizenship
on the basis
that he has failed to assimilate
into French society. [more inside]
The Thirty Years War
is a website covers that ginormous kerfuffle that consumed Europe in the first half of the 17th Century from the Second Defenestration of Prague
to the Peace of Westphalia
. It has a handy map with a place locator
which will help you tell your Schweidnitz from your Schweinfurt. Here are some other maps, The Religious Situation in Central Europe about 1618
, Principal Seats of War, 1618-1660
and Europe in 1648 - Peace of Westphalia
"Kill them all. For God knows His own."
Today is the 800th anniversary of the massacre of the inhabitants of the town of Beziers in Languedoc
, in the south of France, known by the Romans as Gallia Narbonensis.
Beziers was the first town to be sacked in the Albigensian Crusades
to extirpate the Christian heresy of Catharism
, which flourished in Languedoc. The Albigensian Crusades represented the initial application in Europe of religious warfare sanctioned by the resurgent medieval Papacy, and led directly to the institution of the Inquisition
and rise of the Dominican Order
Chartres: Cathedral of Notre-Dame
offers photographs, diagrams, antique prints, and maps of Chartres Cathedral. And that's not the only virtual Chartres site: there's a tour
courtesy of San Jose SU and a more elaborate tour
(requires Quicktime) offered by the Art History department at Ithaca College. Among other things, Great Buildings
features some 3D models (additional, albeit free, software required to view). Speaking of virtual experiences, you can walk the Chartres labyrinth
for a more technical description). And don't forget video, including this National Geographic short
on the cathedral's architecture; you can also listen
to the bells
The late-fifteenth/early-sixteenth century French publisher Simon Vostre
was renowned for his Books of Hours
. [more inside]
Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail.
Best known as the drummer for 1970s punk band The Damned, Rat Scabies grew up with a father interested in the mysteries of the French town of Rennes-le-Château
, which may or may not contain the Holy Grail and in the enigmatic priest Berenger Sauniere
. Conspiracy theories surrounding the town first popped up in the 1970s book Holy Blood, Holy Grail
and gained a certain amount of infamy in recent years from The DaVinci Code
Upon striking up a friendship with his neighbor, journalist Christopher Dawes, Scabies discovered common interests in conspiracy theories and all things paranormal and a shared hatred of the DaVinci Code
. Now the pair wrote a book about their alcohol-sodden quest for the Holy Grail that asks the question: What happens when an ex-punk rocker goes looking for the Holy Grail?
Hey, It's Not Enough We Die Of Obesity
without having to go to Hell too? Some enlightened Frenchmen are bending the Pope's ear, trying to spring Gluttony from the Deadly Sins
blacklist. Well, even clever old Thomas Aquinas
did his damnedest to narrow the seven buggers down. So: which sins would you
excuse today's poor sufferers from and which ones would you insist
on keeping, if any? [Something tells me MetaFilter is ideally suited to put in a good word for Sloth. I wonder why? Speaking of which, NYT reg. is required but you can read about it here instead. Via Arts and Letters Daily.