My chronicles in english

The jewels of Helen of Troy

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, phililogist Anyone visiting the extraordinary Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg can visit (by appointment several days before) in the Gallery of Treasures the most precious pieces of this museum: pieces of goldsmiths of Fabergé (no eggs), 2 harnesses to dress the horses, one pink and one light blue, gifts from the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire to Tsar Peter the Great. In the cloak for ...
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The Apple o Discord or the Judgment of Paris

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, phililogist We have all heard about the Apple of Discord, some believe it refers to the forbidden fruit of Eden. Thar has nothing to do. We must look for the origin of this expression in Greek mythology, so rich in beautiful legends with which Greeks and Romans tried to explain the world around them. These events took place before the events narrated in the Iliad ...
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And it was assembled the one of Saint Quentin

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist It is known that in many families, the problems of the parents are transmitted to the children and so on until they become quarrels that no one remembers how they started, but to which everyone contributes. Shakespeare knew how to capture this issue well in his famous work Romeo and Juliet with the fights between the Montagues and the Capulets. Well, this also happens ...
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A white camellia or a red camellia

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist Pink camellia The courtesans were famous in the Paris of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: they were also called "quality women", "gallant women", "scandalous", "cocottes", "large horizontals" and "semi-worldly" … but all of them exercised the same profession. Several of them were the ones that went down in history: Mata Hari, Madame de Pompadour, Bella Otero, and the Galician of which José Martí said: ...
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The Chambord castle

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist "If one were concerned about the size of things, one would never start anything," Francis I, the French king. It gives vertigo so much energy, talent and means that were needed to make this wonderful castle. It took 28 years of work (from 1519 to 1547) to finish it. Neither Francis I, who commissioned it, nor Leonardo da Vinci, who designed it, could see ...
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Life in an Ottoman harem

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist Harem means "sacred", "secret", it is a place like a cloister where young virgins await the favors of the Sultan. The word is also used by extension to the harems of other civilizations such as those of Ancient Egypt, Muslim India and China. The girls of the Ottoman harem were necessarily foreign because a Muslim could not be a slave; they were usually brought ...
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Helena Rubinstein or the Power of Beauty

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist “There are no ugly women, there are lazy women” --Helena Rubinstein A young Polish girl arrives in Melbourne, Australia, in 1902. From a very pious Jewish Orthodox family, granddaughter of a rabbi, her name was Helena Rubinstein. In her luggage, she was carrying 12 small vials of facial cream. These 12 vials will be the base of an industrial emporium created with a lot ...
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Suleiman I “The Magnificent”

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist Year 1520. A young man cult, thin and beautiful, lover of letters, arts, poetry, goldsmithing, a prince of the Renaissance, enters to pray in the new Ayasofya, the once Basilica of Saint Sophia, only 67 years after the fall of Constantinople, now Istanbul. It is the moment when his life swings. He has just heard of the death of his father, Selim I, the ...
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Henry VIII – The Sanguinary King

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist The England of that time was a small kingdom in the confines of Europe, the big ones were France and Spain (with Francis I and Charles I as kings) but both countries wanted to have Henry as an ally and he knew how to play with both, now joining one and then another. The Pope did not want to grant a divorce because the ...
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La Sainte Chapelle

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist Paris, Notre Dame Cathedral, first Friday of the month, 3 in the afternoon. Pilgrims from all over the world come to see a ceremony held by a man with a white cape, Knight of the Holy Sepulcher. He is in charge of showing the Crown of Thorns, preserved in a glass tube, the same that the Romans would have placed on the head of ...
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Charles I and Charles V. Owner of the world

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist Was the famous emperor Charles I or Charles V? Well, both, since he was a sovereign who held 17 crowns at a time in his life. He was Charles I of Spain for being the first of that name and heir of the kingdoms of Castile, Navarre, the Canary Islands, the Indies, Aragon and the Italian dependencies on the part of mother, Joanna the ...
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The Spanish flu

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist Year 1914, June 28. Sarajevo city. The young nationalist Gavrilo Princip last archduke Francisco Fernando of Austria and his wife Sofia Chotek. This is the trigger for the conflict, although the battles really began a month. Country after country they enter the contest. On the one hand Germany and Austria-Hungary and subsequently other countries such as the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria on their side ...
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The Neuschwangstein Castle

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist Its name means "new swan rock". In Spanish, it is pronounced Nois-chvang-stáin and is located in southern Bavaria, a few kilometers from Austria. It was built on top of a mountain by Louis II of Bavaria, also known as the mad king, among other things, for its megalomania and attitudes so different from what we can expect from a king. He was the son ...
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Empress Sissi of Austria and Queen of Hungary

Empress Sissi of Austria and Queen of Hungary Three sharp knocks at the door of the Capuchin Crypt of the Church Santa María de los Ángeles in Vienna: Who you are? asks a Capuchin brother.I am Isabel, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary.I don't know you, replies the Capuchin brother. The Master of Ceremonies knocks a second time:Who you are?I am Isabel, Empress of AustriaI do not know you ...
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The Chambord castle

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist "If one were concerned about the size of things, one would never start anything," Francis I, the French king. It gives vertigo so much energy, talent and means that were needed to make this wonderful castle. It took 28 years of work (from 1519 to 1547) to finish it. Neither Francis I, who commissioned it, nor Leonardo da Vinci, who designed it, could see ...
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