Archives Mensuelles: juin 2014

More sexy fruit : The penis tree and the medieval nun

You might have read my article Sexy fruit from Renaissance Italy and seen the picture of a young woman putting a special kind of fruit in her basket. I had found this surprising scene on a Renaissance plate in the Louvre in Paris, when strolling around in the museum. I started researching the iconography of […]

Marie et les lieux disparus no. 2 : La Rotonde des Valois

Dans la nef de la basilique de Saint-Denis, les visiteurs peuvent admirer trois mausolées grandioses du 16ème siècle : celui de Louis XII et d’Anne de Bretagne, celui de François Ier et de Claude de France, puis celui d’Henri II et de Catherine de Médicis. Ce dernier a traversé cinq cent ans quasi intact et a […]

À quoi sert l’Histoire? Réponses de Ronsard

« L’histoire sert aux Rois, aux Sénats et à ceux Qui veulent par la guerre avoir le nom de preux, Et bref toujours l’histoire est propre à tous usages: C’est le témoin du temps, la mémoire des âges, La maîtresse des ans, la vie des mourants, Le tableau des humains, miroir des ignorants, Et de tous […]

Linlithgow Palace

Originally posted on The Hazel Tree:
Inside the courtyard When you walk around the hollow corridors and cold empty rooms of Linlithgow Palace, you could be forgiven for glancing over your shoulder into the dark corners and listening for footsteps on the stairs. Often overlooked by visitors to Edinburgh and Stirling castles, Linlithgow doesn’t have…

In a nutshell: the Linlithgow Palace fountain

Originally posted on The Hazel Tree:
 Where wine once flowed like water… Built by James V in 1538, this ornate fountain graces the courtyard at Linlithgow Palace. Standing over 16 feet high and designed to reflect the supreme power of the king, it was probably fed by an underground water supply which was piped up…