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Daglan

Daglan

Daglan

Daglan main street

Daglan main road
Rue de la République

Place de la Liberté

Daglan main square
Place de la Liberté

View over Daglan

You can see our house from here. View of Daglan from the south side of the Céou Valley

Church of St. Martin.

The fourteenth century Church of St. Martin, Daglan.

Church of St. Martin

An old postcard of the Place de la Liberté and the Church of St. Martin

River Céou

River Céou

River Céou

River Céou

Sunny afternoon

Sunny afternoon in a friends garden

Such pretty flowers

Such pretty flowers

Flooding after the rains of early 2016

Flooding after the rains of early 2016

Surrounding Area

Castelnaud

Castelnaud taken from under the bridge. Just 10km from Daglan
Read the Castelnaud blog

Beynac

Beynac taken from one of our favourite picnic spots. 4km from Castelnaud
Read the Beynac blog

Sunflowers

Sunflowers with Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in the background

Josephine Baker, les Milandes

Josephine Baker, les Milandes

Dordogne River

Dordogne River at Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Heron

Heron looking for breakfast on the Dordogne River

Is this a little bit or ancient Rome

Is this a little bit or ancient Rome in Saint Cyprien?

Interesting?… I think so

Chillies growing in a pot outside the Fabrice Le Chief Boutique

Chillies growing in a pot

Almost ready

Almost ready

Colourful characters of the Dordogne

Colourful characters of the Dordogne

So proud

So proud, a resident of jardins de Marqueyssac

Taking a morning stroll

Taking a morning stroll

Vintage

Vintage

Vintage

Vintage

chocolate

Chocolate… Chocolate…
ymmm, this is really chocolate


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The Dark Knight from the Tower of London.

We had a brilliant afternoon last Saturday at Château de Castelnaud where a Medieval Heritage Weekend was being hosted.

There were artisans who make swords and armour, demonstrations of various techniques and moves in sword fighting and the why and when you would perform the moves in medieval combat. With the highlight being James Hester and Stephen Pasker Shellenbean giving their extremely interesting talks and demonstrations of sword fighting from the 13th and 14th Century.

James and Stephen are historical experts in Medieval combat. James was curator of Tower Collections at the Tower of London no less. Both of the men gave talks and demonstrations in English and it was translated into French.

James Hester the Dark knight.
 

Waiting to start the tournament.
 

Stephen and James demonstrating how to win against a larger and stronger opponent.
 

James stated that the swords were extremely light and that every part of the sword could be used in hand to hand combat. Unlike those epic tournaments depicted in movies a typical fight would only last three or four strokes of the blade. While Stephan talked about the education of the Medieval Knight which consisted of geography, sciences, Latin, mathematics and music. For example, mathematics for judging how near the opponent is to you, their arm span, height and weight. Music for timing and movement, so that you strike at the key moment and move quickly out of the way. But first a knight was taught wresting from a young age, which helped to build muscle and agility so that they could use the skills in the practice of sword combat.

The tournament begins with a challenge from Kevin. The score was calculated by how many strokes made contact with the opponent.
 

A presentation of civil fencing in the 12th to 14th centuries by Olivier Gourdon and Franck Cinato.
 

An artisan describing his work producing amazing custom made armour. You could have a complete set made and be armoured head to toe in only two months for a suit of plain armour, somewhat longer if a pattern was introduced.
 

Amazing work.
 

I have always pictured myself as the next Arogorn or Legolas from the Lord of the Rings. Well a girl can dream. This sword was perfect, so light allowing me to give a good swing, it was excellently balanced.
 
 

Event:- Daglan this Saturday evening at 7 o’clock – Soiree Cabaret with Paris-Londres at the Salle Des Fêtes. With an aperitif and nibbles. Ten euro per adult and three euro for children.

 
 

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