Tag: Burgundy

The sword in the stone: Le Tour de Bourgogne

The lord of the castle is sliding down French mountains on two small planks, but I’m still home, alone with the cat. At 6 am the little bastard decided it was time to get up. Needless to say I am a little tired now.

Theoretically I have no fixed obligations next week so yesterday I prepared a short physical tour of Burgundy ad 1465-1477. A lot of key places are maximum a couple hours by car, train or bike away, except Dijon, Nancy and Monthléry. I thought I’d be bored out of my wits by the B now but I have been researching local history and came across the most colourful characters and interesting anecdotes, so the quest is still on.

I already visited one place a few days ago and posted something on IG, may do a more extended version here.

For today, I had selected the scene of a Burgundian battlefield not too far away and spent some time testing which of our bikes fit into my tiny car. The battlefield is not reachable by car and the weather is not good enough to cycle the whole distance.

The area near the battlefield is also the birthplace of Egidius and the rest of his line so it is a double whopper. I was going to leave now but the wind is howling and the rain is pouring down. That usually doesn’t stop me, but the circumstances are not good enough for taking pictures. Monday’s forecast doesn’t look good either, alas. Also I broke a piece of a tooth yesterday, the sort of thing that obviously only happens on Saturday nights. This means my other plans are now dependent on the availability of my dentist.

It looks like it will be a painting day then.


Double take

I ran into this picture while I was checking something about the death of Charles the Bold, for the document I’m drafting up.

Apparently there are some vintage collectible pictures circulating around showing important moments in history, issued by Liebig.

The line above translates as “Real meat extract Liebig”. Now, nothing special about Liebig, it was one of the things my grandmothers always had in stock.

But that line advertising meat extract above a picture of the gruesome death of the Bold is HA HA HA, quite morbid.

This image is also available as an Alamy stock image.

Get it? Literally a stock image.

HA HA HA again.

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NB I have updated the Seven Sacraments page with some info.


Site update: Pictures of the Seven Sacraments

I have uploaded the pictures I took of the Seven Sacraments altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden on a separate page under the menu (see above or on the right). I have not yet added my personal thoughts and background information.

The page can be found here:

V. Documents & Background > The Dukes of Burgundy > The Seven Sacraments by Rogier van der Weyden


Forward to the past

Hospices de Beaune – Picture from the family archives, AD many, many years ago. They were founded by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to Philip the Good.  The hospices, not our archives, lol.

As you can see I have done a rollback of the site, up till July. I am trying to keep this site as clean as possible and it was getting very cluttered . I have gathered so much information now that I am going to reorganise it in a more structured way as pages,  under Documents & Background, including the relevant pictures. It will be password protected (password available upon request).

As for the art, we’ll see how and where it goes.

 

 


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