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How Do You Know That Stuff? Using Google for Research

To people asking me, “How do you know that stuff?” I say using Google for research. How is that possible? Here are a few of my secrets. Most authors say that research is one of its joys. Also, one of its traps. Intriguing Plot Details Intriguing plot details are the content that persuade readers you […]

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Scandal at the French Court in 1515?

Was there scandal at the French court in 1515? What was it? Those historians who study Princess Renée of France, say that her guardian Duchess Louise de Savoie dismissed her gouvernante Mme. Michelle de Soubise in June 1515. She made accusations, and Mme. Michelle and her entourage left under a cloud. She only regained her

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Dukes & Duchesses of Brittany (1485 – 1559)

The Dukes and Duchesses of Brittany between 1485 to 1559 were also kings and queens of France from the time France conquered Brittany to the death of King François II of France. Anne of Brittany, the last truly independent Duchess of Brittany, fought her whole life to keep her duchy separate from France. She had

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Le Château des Ducs de Bretagnes à Nantes

Anne of Brittany among the Chateaux of Brittany and France

As befitted her role as Queen of France, Anne of Brittany passed her life travelling among the royal chateaux of Brittany and France. It could easily not have happened. When her father died shortly after the disastrous the battle of St. Aubin de Cormier in July 1488, Anne was not yet 12. She became ruler

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The monumental calvaries of Brittany

The monumental calvaries of Brittany are extraordinary granite sculptures, whose carved figures depict scenes from Christ’s life. They are traditional elements of the Brittany landscape. Clustered in the west of Brittany, most represent the crucifixion. During a period of peace and prosperity for Brittany, small rural towns built their elaborate calvaries in their churchyards. The

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The World’s Most Dangerous Garden

You don’t want to grow the world’s most dangerous garden! When you sniff those beautiful flowers, remember they may be killers. Did you know that foxglove, monkshood and columbine are all dangerous to eat? Well, they are. That’s why you should admire, but not put unknown substances into your mouth. If you’re in England and

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