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V-DAY on May 8th

World War II ended in Europe on May 8, 1945

Un article du Guardian qui rend hommage aux hommes et aux femmes du Special Operations Executive qui ont perdu la vie, comme le Major Francis Suttil, pour défendre la France et la liberté.

Major Francis Suttill, codenamed Prosper
Major Francis Suttill, codenamed Prosper, led a network covering Paris. He was executed six weeks before VE day. Photograph: Courtesy of Francis J Suttill


Le trésor de Sutton Hoo

The Anglo-Saxon ship burial

Eighty years (and more) of Sutton Hoo - British Museum Blog

Amateur archaeologist Basil Brown famously made the discovery of a lifetime back in 1939, when he brushed away the Suffolk soil and revealed the richest intact early medieval grave in Europe. More than a grave, it was a spectacular funerary monument on an epic scale: a 27m (88.6ft) long ship with a burial chamber full of dazzling riches.

The Sutton Hoo ship burial (article) | Khan Academy

As Basil and a team of archaeologists dug deeper, they unearthed fine feasting vessels, deluxe hanging bowls, silverware from distant Byzantium, luxurious textiles, gold dress accessories set with Sri Lankan garnets and the iconic helmet with human mask.

Fichier:Sutton Hoo helmet 2016.png — Wikipédia

The archaeologists and landowner Edith Pretty were dumbfounded. This was clearly the grave of an important person – someone meant to be remembered. But who was it? And what can the Sutton Hoo excavation tell us about Anglo-Saxon society?

More information on the British Museum site


La jeunesse du corsaire normand de Louis XIV

un article de Serge Vanden Broucke dans la revue Patrimoine normand

Jean-François Doublet
Musée Eugène Boudin

Jean-François Doublet est l’un des héros historiques de Honfleur : d’abord matelot, puis capitaine au commerce, pilote sur les voiliers du roi, corsaire et lieutenant de frégates au service des intérêts de la France, sa vie est intimement liée à la grande épopée de la marine en Normandie au XVIIe siècle. Mais comment tout cela avait-il commencé? Dans ce nouvel article, l’auteur étudie la période 1655 – 1678 de la vie de ce célèbre navigateur et aventurier, dont il reste de nombreux témoins architecturaux dans le patrimoine de la ville.

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Discover more about the real-life bear that inspired author A.A. Milne

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A replica of the first edition

First published on 14 October 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh was named after London Zoo’s female black bear, who arrived on 9 December 1914 and was the mascot of a Canadian regiment, who were in training on Salisbury Plain – she had been purchased earlier that year for $20 by Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, from a hunter in Ontario, who named her Winnie after his hometown of Winnipeg.

Colebourn intended to eventually take Winnie back to Canada with him and would often visit her at the Zoo while on leave – but after seeing how loved she was by both visitors and staff, decided to leave her in the full-time care of the zoo’s keepers once the war ended.

1921 - A Keeper holds a Sloth Bear cub at London Zoo (c) ZSL

Milne decided to name his fictional character, Pooh Bear, after Winnie, as his son often visited het at the zoo.