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25 August 1200, Angoulême

25 August 1200, Angoulême

25 August 1200, Angoulême. On this day King John married Isabella of Angouleme. She was about 12 and he was 33. At that time it was canon law that a girl could be married at 12, and often they were, and even younger. But the marriages were not...

Gasping for Gazpacho

Gasping for Gazpacho

It gets very hot indeed in SW France. In June the temperature rises to 33-37 and often there are days of nearly 40. If we are lucky it is cooler at night but if the heat doesn’t drop for more than five days it is officially a canicule. A canicule...