The Marne Battle-Fields (1914)

The Marne Battle-Fields (1914)

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...during his sojourn at Provins, abolished this prohibition, and thus von the gratitude of the inhabitants. This fact has given rise to one of the versions of the origin of the word "Provins." which is supposed to mean "the vine of Probus." I The Lower Town is of monastic origin. In the Seventh Century, some monks, flying before the Norman Invasion, took refuge in the forest which stretched at the foot of the fortress, and there buried the remains of the martyr, St Ayoul. The body was discovered in 996, and a church was erected on the spot. The church was followed by a large monastery of the Cistercian order, around which grew up the Lower town. In the Tenth Century, Provins passed from the royal domain into the hands of the Counts of Champagne under whose rule it flourished exceedingly. Many buildings were erected: abbeys, churches, palaces and a hospital; and a new wall enclosed the Town. Commerce and industry flourished. Dye-works, Tanneries, weaving and the manufacture of cutlery occupied thousands of workmen, and the town counted, we are told, 80.000 inhabitants (there are now 9.000). Its fairs were famous and were visited by strangers from all parts of Europe; even the silks and carpets of the East were to be found there. Business was carried on by means of money struck at Provins. The "sou provinois" was accepted far beyond the borders of France. This brilliant period did not outlast the thirteenth Century. In 1270, Count Henri-le-Gros established heavy taxes on commerce and industries which the principal citizens refused to pay. The Mayor, Guillaume Pentecote, to calm them, lengthened the hours of the workmen, who revolted and put him to death. The English prince, Edmund of Lancaster, who had married the more

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  • English
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  • 9781236606181