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The Chateaux of Touraine (Paperback) Loot Price: R382 Discovery Miles 3 820
The Chateaux of Touraine (Paperback): Maria Hornor Lansdale
The Chateaux of Touraine (Paperback): Maria Hornor Lansdale

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The Chateaux of Touraine (Paperback)

Maria Hornor Lansdale

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V CHINON IN the latter half of the Vth century the Visigoths, who had already conquered most of Touraine, were disputing with the Romans for possession of the forts along the vallej of the Loire. One of the strongest of these was the castrum of Chinon, planted upon a long and narrow and steep ridge overlooking the Vienne, not far below the junction of that river with the Loire. As the key to their possessions in Aquitaine (Poitou and Guienne) this place was of especial value to the Barbarians. They rebuilt the Roman fortifications, then fallen into ruins, and were strongly intrenched there when, in the spring of 463, the Roman General vEgidius, after a victory won at Orleans, advanced down the Loire and laid siege to Chinon. The town at that time probably consisted of a mere handful of houses grouped about a monastery lately founded by Saint Martin's disciple, Saint Mesme, and a line of cave-dwellings hewn out of the rock along the river front. At the approach of the Romans the inhabitants, with the neighboring countrypeople, fled to the citadel, and with them went Saint Mesme, then an old man, and his monks. For a time the garrison held out bravely, then /Egidius managed to cut off their water supply and would soon have forced them to capitulate had not Saint Mesme come to the rescue. He prayed unceasingly throughout an entire night and at daybreak a storm of such unprecedented fury broke over both citadel and plain that, not only were the cisterns filled, but the enemy, seized with panic, raised the siege and fled. Not long after this the Romans were finally driven out of Gaul, and when Clovis, founder of the Merovingian dynasty, defeated Alaric II, in 481, the Visigoths were brought under his united rule. From the time of Clovis (481-511) to tha...

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Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2012
First published: February 2012
Authors: Maria Hornor Lansdale
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 58
ISBN-13: 978-1-150-16380-7
Barcode: 9781150163807
Categories: Books
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LSN: 1-150-16380-1

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