Thursday, September 23, 2010

Palais des Papes

Hayton Remitting His Report To The Pope in 1307Image via Wikipedia
Hayton remitting his report to the Pope.

I've mentioned previously that the Armenian kingdom of Cilicia was a crusader state along the road to Jerusalem. Hayton of Corycus (KizKalesi) was the Armenians' most famous historian. His work has even been compared to Marco Polo and Oderic of Pordenone.

Hayton (not my Haydon) was also a monk and spent time with the popes in Poitiers, pushing his agenda for Amalric of Tyre to be the rightful ruler of Cyprus. Which leads us to an important field trip to the museum of the Palais de Papes in Avignon France.

French Pope Clement V initially moved to Avignon to avoid fighting in Rome. Later popes stayed on, prompting the Papal Schism, complete with Popes and Antipopes.  It was essentially a period of the French and the Italians vying for power. (Check out my friend Teresa's travelpod post for more details.)

Successive popes made the Palais des Papes into the largest Gothic palace in Europe. Eventually they left, the French revolutonaries took it and Napoleon even used it as a barracks/prison. Then the palace finally became a museum. 

Know where djinn like to live?  Ruins, museums, underground cities. Bingo!  The seat of my djinn court is now in Avignon, France.

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LTM said...

awesome, Carolyn! That makes perfect sens, and I just love your short little slice o Turkish delights. Btw, there's a card in our hotel room that says "Discover Turkey," and every time I see it, I think of you & Burnt Amber. Yay! :o) <3

Carolyn Abiad said...

See the tower in the photosynth - that's where Sybil has the big arguement with Haydon.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

I love snippets of history and I love ancient castles and ruins :)


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