By Ian Moore
A comedic romp via one man's lifestyles within the Loire Valley, France
Comedian, mod, grump Ian Moore has had adequate. bored with being not able to park wherever close to his cramped apartment in a loud city he doesn’t like, he hatches a plan to maneuver his spouse and younger son to a distant nook of the Loire Valley looking for serenity and house. a number of years later, Ian unearths himself as much as his neck in bilingual offspring, feral cats, promiscuous horses, dysfunctional spaniels, and needy hens; he’s wrestling with electrical fences, a international language, a mountain of animal waste, and a spouse who collects cattle like there’s a biblical flood at the horizon, all whereas making an attempt to not soiled his loafers. yet regardless of the ups, downs, and lengthening calls for of Ian’s showbiz occupation, the Moore relations persevere to create a special, colourful, and finally worthwhile existence of their new home—à l. a. campagne and à los angeles mod!
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The Hundred Years War brought about a revolution that 1 2 T H E H U N D R E D Y E A R S WA R fundamentally changed the character of military conduct and organisation. It led to the professionalisation of warfare, resulted in the decline of (chivalric) cavalry and the rise of infantry and artillery. The war forced the peasantry into a new role: as both victims and perpetrators of violence peasants were battered and brutalised by the conflict, but they also emerged stronger despite their terrible experience.
The competence to oversee, guide and direct the legal process was a central component of medieval kingship, therefore to have this circumscribed and decisions overturned (even when they concerned a duchy overseas) struck a blow to the heart of royal power. If this suggests that French kings precipitated the Hundred Years War by a niggling, gratuitous and entirely unnecessary show of strength, then it must also be recognised that the Plantagenets were just as willing to flex their muscles. Their actions, particularly those of Edward I in Scotland, were intensely provocative, and perhaps intentionally so.
From the Hundred Years War to Fashoda, she hardly ceased to struggle against us . . ’3 However, the wars that followed the fall of English Bordeaux differed in character and, until the Napoleonic era, in intensity from those that went before. Different, too, were the aspirations and objectives of the main protagonists. English (and British) monarchs may have continued to claim they were also rightful kings of France until 1801, by which time the Revolution had seen to it that there was no throne left for them to claim, but this was not a serious or realistic objective.
À La Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural France by Ian Moore