Author Archives: Hana Samek Norton

About Hana Samek Norton

I am a historian who writes 'history with a story' in off-duty hours.

Starbucks, Mélusine and Me

  The ‘brew-haha’ that recently percolated over the 2015 Starbucks holiday cup reminded me of the ever-popular accusation that Starbucks’s logo depicting the legendary Mélusine is ‘in fact’ a demonic image. Historically represented as a bare-breasted woman with the lower … Continue reading

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…on to Fontevraud Abbey (Pt. III)

Fontevraud Abbey: What can one say? The tombs of Henry II, Richard, Isabelle d’Angoulême and Aliénor (dare one be on first name basis with that lady?)  It rained. The countryside is somewhat rolling hills with fields and a few forested … Continue reading

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…on to Parthenay (Pt. II)

Parthenay: We breezed past Saint Maixent-l’École to get to Parthenay, again approached via a fairly flat ground. Parthenay has a population of about 10,000 and I worried, of course, about driving down a maze of streets to find the hotel, … Continue reading

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On to Lusignan, Parthenay, Fontevraud and Parts beyond, Pt. I

A bit belated post, but here it goes. The lesson: research is often wet rather than dry…. Lusignan: Of course, it had to rain; intermittently, but it rained, a wet autumn for GB and western France. We survived the dozen … Continue reading

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