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"Le début de la rivalité franco-anglaise", conference at the Cité de l'Histoire

Cité de l'Histoire

  • On February 28, 2024
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For the first conference of 2024, two historians will be present at the Cité de l'Histoire. Join us on Wednesday 28 February 2024 at 7pm for an evening on the theme of Franco-English rivalry in the Middle Ages.

The Cité de l'Histoire will be welcoming two historians on Wednesday 28 February 2024 for an exceptional evening, hosted by Franck Ferrand, Director of the Cité de l'Histoire. The theme of the conference will be: "In the Middle Ages, the beginning of Franco-English rivalry?

Starting at 7pm, Valérie Toureille and Martin Aurell will spend an hour and a half discussing this question. The dispute began in 1152 with the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henry Plantagenet. She was the former Queen of France who had annulled her marriage to Louis VII a few weeks earlier. He was the Duke of Normandy who two years later became King of England. This union was to be the cause of a rift between the two countries that would continue for several hundred years, until the Hundred Years' War.

The conference will be followed by a book-signing session over a drink.

A word about the historians

Valérie Toureille is a medieval historian specialising in the Late Middle Ages (14th and 15th centuries). She holds an agrégation in History and is a lecturer in the History of the Middle Ages at the University of Cergy-Pontoise.

Martin Aurell is a medieval historian of Spanish origin, specialising in the Plantagenets, a royal house founded in the early 12th century and from which several Kings of England, Dukes of Normandy and Brittany, the Prince of Wales and the Counts of Anjou descended.

Practical information
Tuesday 14 November 2023, from 7pm to 8.30pm
Cité de l'Histoire
1 parvis de La Défense, 92800 Puteaux
From €5.99
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