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medieval fete

June 10, 2007

I have been so busy writing that I failed to notice that something was afoot in the village: that my neigbours were hanging medieval yellow and gold flags from their windows, for example and that bunting had been hung up in the square. Then crossing the market place en route to the newsagents this morning, I encountered a parade of people in tunics, chainmail and strange pointy hats, many of them on horseback. It was, I realised, the annual medieval fete.

The village's 10th century chateau had raised it's portcullis, and inside the stone walls, people were trying their hand at archery and calligraphy, while a hog was roasting on a spit and a bunch of men in monk's outfits sang madrigals. Excellent! Had such an event happened in the UK, no doubt Louis Theroux would have been sent along to wryly report on the strange goings on. But in France, even the sleepiest villages come alive in the summer with fetes, vide greniers and outdoor concerts. (Although the vide greniers, unfortunately, are mostly populated by expat Brits flogging off their broken china and old biscuit tins.)

comments (9)

1. Posted by Wolfie on June 12, 2007 3:46 PM

Wow! A book Mimi...I can't wait! If it is anything as brilliant as your blog it will be a sure fire success. Shame really as I love the idea of your blog as my own little stylish secret...but I guess like all brilliant things...sooner or later everyone else catches on.

2. Posted by Laurent on June 12, 2007 4:07 PM

If you nearly burnt down the village trying to bake a banana cake, I can only fear for your fellow citizens lives when you try your hand at dangereous medevial weapons... he he he

3. Posted by JoJo on June 13, 2007 9:23 AM

I know what you mean about the vide greniers - very disappointing! And very overpriced in our region of France.

4. Posted by Jeannie on June 13, 2007 10:48 AM

Ah, it's very well the French hanging out the buntings...but were there any signs of Morris Dancers?

5. Posted by thebride on June 13, 2007 10:58 AM

I've *got* to come & visit -- I need to see all of this in person ;-)

6. Posted by mimi pompom on June 13, 2007 11:32 AM

Yes, you must come and visit and soon! MIght not be able to guarantee a medieval fete tho.


7. Posted by Rockfrog on June 13, 2007 11:48 AM

Hope you joined in Mimi, by wearing a strange ppoiny hat and chainmail too.

8. Posted by Markyj on June 13, 2007 3:46 PM

Tea buying in Paris; medieval fetes in the country. It all sounds so idyllic. I'm sure oyur novel will be just as delicious. But, being France, I'm hoping there will be lots of scandalous sex and gripping gossip too....

9. Posted by Richard Conway on August 3, 2009 8:17 AM

I have just stumbled on this by accident and find it facinating. I am looking forward to keeping up to date with all the episodes.

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