Saturday, June 21, 2008

Historic Houses in Lyon - Maison Thomassin

As I, for the first time, wandered into the narrow passages of old Lyon, I suddenly found myself in another time. Many of the houses here are ancient, but there are few signs visible how old they are, exept for this one. The Maison Thomassin had a stone on the front that told the history of the house and the people that once rebuilt it. It took me far back into Medieval times in Europe.

The stone commemorated the history of two generations of the Thomassin family. The house had windows framed by beautiful gothic arches and the commemorative stone told me that the house was reconstructed 500 years ago. It told the following history.

MAISON THOMASSIN RECONSTRUITE A LA FIN DE XV SIECLE PAR CLAUDE THOMASSIN
CONSERVATEUR DES FOIRES
CAPITAINE DE LA VILLE
QUI OUVRIT LA MEME EPOQUE LA RUE PORTANT ENCORE SON NOM
SON PETIT FILS RENE THOMASSIN
(FUT) LE PREMIER QUI REMPLIT LA CHARGE
PREVOT DES MERCHANDS
CREE PAR EDIT
D'HENRI IV DECEMBRE 1595

MAISON THOMASSIN RECONSTRUCTED AT THE END OF THE XV CENTURY
BY CLAUDE THOMASSIN
THE ONE THAT CONSERVED THE FAIRS (?)
CAPTAIN OF THE CITY
THAT OPENED IN THE SAME TIME THE STREET THAT STILL BEARS HIS NAME
HIS GRAND CHILD RENE THOMASSIN
(and her it greats tricky, but I think the latter were in charge of the merchants, but what ever he did was according to)
AN EDICT CREATED BY KING HENRI IV IN DECEMBER 1595

Be aware the fact that the Maison Thomassin was reconstructed, not constructed more than 600 years ago, and thus must be considerably older. Claudes grandson Rene grandson lived during the reign of Henri IV of Navarre (left) 1553-1610, the huguenot king brutally murdered by a fanatic catholic in Paris 1610.

So here you also find yourself during the dramatic age where the battle between the emerging reformed church in France and the Roman Catholics culminating in the St. Bartholomew Day Massacre in Paris August 24th 1572.

Interesting - and this was only the start, and I was going to learn so much more.

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