Anonymous French artist - Pendant medallion with Michael slaying the dragon. N.d., between 1470 and 1480
This badge marked a member of the Order of Saint Michael, founded by Louis XI of France in 1469. The order’s motto describing the archangel, “Terror of the Immense Ocean,” may explain the choice of mother-of-pearl.
Today I went to Kostanjevica monastery in Gorica, Slovenia. I’ve visited tombs of the Bourbons, known also as Little St. Denis.
The tombs of the last members of the French royal family of the Bourbons
can be found in the crypt of the church of Kostanjevica. These nobles
were exiled from France in the revolution of 1830. At first they found
refuge in Edinburgh, Scotland; from there they went to Prague, in the
current Czech Republic. Finally they came to Gorica where they were
received as the guests of Count Coronini.
Charles X died of cholera on November 6, 1836, in the Coronini Palace, seventeen days after his arrival in Gorica. Before his death, he asked to be buried here.
In addition to this last French king, several other members of the
Bourbon family found their final resting places in the church crypt, including Marie Thérèse of France.
The Island of Saint-Louis, oceanic port of West Africa, is a miniscule strip of land, today wedged between two arms of the mouth of the Senegal River. As the first French chartered company on the Atlantic coast of African in 1659, the Island of Saint-Louis became the hub for European traders travelling up the river year round in search of slaves but also gum arabic, gold, leather and other products. It was also the capital city of the colony of French West Africa (FWA) up until 1902, and capital of Senegal and Mauritania up until 1957. Since Dakar became the capital and main city of Senegal, though, this little island has been in decline. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.