The Abbey of Saint-German-des-Prés – the abbey in the meadow

The Abbey of Saint-German-des-Prés – the abbey in the meadow. The Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the oldest churches in Paris. It was constructed in the 6th century. Located on the Left Bank in the 6th arrondissement, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church is opposite the Les Deux Magots café on the Boulevard Saint-Germain.  In 542, afterContinue reading “The Abbey of Saint-German-des-Prés – the abbey in the meadow”

Trapped in Versailles? Monsieur Montespan by Jean Teule

Trapped in Versailles? Monsieur Montespan by Jean Teule. Jean Teule’s factional novel Monsieur Montespan (2008) is set in Paris from 1663 to 1707. In January 1663 eight aristocratic men, in four pairs, are involved in simultaneous duels with swords ‘at the slightest provocation.’ One is killed, six are executed for his death, and one (the Marquis deContinue reading “Trapped in Versailles? Monsieur Montespan by Jean Teule”