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Northern France with kids!

By |2019-06-12T13:59:55-07:00August 15th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Amiens labyrinth: Northern France with Kids Day One: Bayeux Tapestry In northern France, drive first from Paris to Bayeux to see the Bayeux Tapestry. There are good audioguides for both adults and kids. Going through all the panels of the tapestry is as interesting as reading comic strips! Norman conquest The Vikings Paris for Kids All [...]

Matilda of Flanders – William the Conqueror

By |2018-04-24T09:08:35-07:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Nave of the Abbaye aux Dames in Caen (about 1050 AD) About 1050 AD, William the Conqueror married Matilda of Flanders. They were both rich Normans, and there weren't that many rich Normans yet at this time. So William and Matilda were distantly related to each other. The Pope had said that people who were related shouldn't get married, even [...]

Toulouse – St. Sernin – Romanesque

By |2018-04-15T16:50:51-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Church of St. Sernin, Toulouse, France In 1080 AD, the church of St. Sernin in Toulouse was a busy place. Charlemagne had given the church some saints' relics, and many people stopped to pray there when they were on pilgrimage to St. Jacques de Compostela in Spain. But the little old church, built in the 300s AD under Roman rule, was too [...]

Medieval castles – Middle Ages

By |2019-03-01T09:53:34-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Outer walls of Caen castle, Normandy, France (about 1050 AD) From Roman castra to medieval castles Rich Romans didn't live in castles. They lived in villas. But Roman soldiers lived in military forts called castra, and that is where we get the word castle. The Roman army Roman villas Medieval architecture All our medieval Europe articles After [...]

Castle at Caen – William the Conqueror

By |2019-02-25T21:30:40-07:00July 29th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Outer walls of Caen castle, Normandy, France What is Caen castle? This is the castle that William the Conqueror built before he left to conquer England, to defend his own territory in Normandy, in France. William the Conqueror More about castles Medieval architecture All our medieval Europe articles William built this castle around 1050 AD. That's about [...]

Caen – Abbaye aux Hommes

By |2019-01-16T14:12:11-07:00July 29th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

The Romanesque Abbaye aux Hommes, in Caen (about 1050 AD) Vikings settle in Caen Caen is a port town in north-western France, on the Atlantic Ocean. When the Vikings invaded France in the 700s AD, eventually they forced the French king to give them the area around Caen (KAHN) to live in. There they got to be known [...]

Caen – Abbaye aux Dames

By |2019-01-16T11:28:12-07:00July 29th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Caen - Abbaye aux Dames What is the Abbaye aux Dames? Matilda of Flanders ordered her architects to build this Christian church about 1050 AD in her capital at Caen. (Find out why.) The Abbaye aux Dames is a great example of the Romanesque style of medieval European architecture. Who's Matilda of Flanders? What's the Romanesque style? All our medieval [...]

Fatimid Caliphate architecture

By |2019-01-16T11:32:23-07:00July 22nd, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Islam|

Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo (Egypt, 900s AD) Fatimids built new mosques As soon as the Fatimid dynasty took over ruling Egypt, in 908 AD, the new rulers of Egypt needed to show how important and strong they were. Who were the Fatimids? Medieval African Architecture All our Islamic Empire articles All our Early Africa articles Al-Azhar [...]