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.
PREVOT DES MERCHANDS
CREE PAR EDIT
D'HENRI IV DECEMBRE 1595
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
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.