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"Saint Céneri could hardly be more French and yet its rich history has been shaped, for good and ill, by foreign missionaries and invaders. The small settlement, just within lower Normandy, was created in the seventh century by an Italian saint and hermit – Saint Céneri himself – who conjured up springs and parted the waters of rivers by pointing his stick. During the Hundred Years' War, in 1434, the village castle was besieged for months and then demolished by 15,000 obstinate Englishmen."

April 14 - The foundation stone of Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes, France is laid.

"It has been 553 years since the death of Jogaila,1 the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland, yet this figure of the remote past is still largely disliked by most Lithuanians today. The perception of Jogaila became especially negative during the period of the Lithuanian "national awakening" in the second half of the 19th century. His marriage to the Polish queen Jadvyga2 initiated the formation of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This union was detrimental to Lithuania nationally, politically and culturally. Nevertheless, according to German historian Leopold Ranke, Jogaila's decision to accept Roman Christianity via Poland vs. Eastern Orthodoxy was as significant in the history of Europe as the destruction of Kiev's Russia by the Tatars in 1240. Though controversial, Jogaila remains an important historical figure."

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  • Feb 8, 2008
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