A Year in Western France: By M. Betham-Edwards (Google eBook)

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Longmans, Green, 1877 - Brittany (France) - 346 pages
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Page 205 - Marvejols) before the meeting of the French Association for the Advancement of Science, at Lille, treated of the curious artificial perforations common among the neolithic skulls of the Lozere.
Page 243 - First, that the rnde stone monuments are generally sepulchral, or connected directly or indirectly with the rites of the dead. ' Secondly, that they are not temples in any usual or appropriate sense of the term.
Page 248 - Honour to the dead and propitiation of the spirits of the departed seem to have been the two leading ideas that, both in the East and West gave rise to the erection of these hitherto mysterious structures which are found numerously scattered over the face of the Old World. In somewhat the same vein are the words of Mr. John Stuart : The remains of most ancient people attest that greater and more enduring labor and art have been expended on the construction of tombs for the dead than in abodes for...
Page 125 - Sea-bathing at Pornic is a sociable and amusing pastime. Friends, neighbors, and young people given to flirtation put on their coquettish bathing-dresses, and play about in the water in company. In spite of the intense heat, Pornic is as crowded as it can be during the season, though there seems to be no other attraction but the aforesaid constitutional sea-walks.
Page 243 - Ferguson's three conclusions are, "that they are generally sepulchral, or connected with the rites of the dead ; second, they are not temples in any usual or appropriate sense of the term ; and lastly, that they were generally erected by partially civilized races, after they had come into contact with the Romans, and most of them may be considered as belonging to the first ten centuries of the Christian Era.
Page 243 - Without laying too much stress on the nakedness and blue paint of our ancestors, all history, and the testimony of the barrows, would lead us to suppose that the inhabitants of this island, before the Romans occupied it, were sparse, poor in physique, and in a very low state of civilization. Though their national spirit may have been knocked out of them, they must have increased in number, in physical comfort, and in civilization during the four centuries of peaceful prosperity of the Roman domination...
Page 326 - Ce, renowned for its pretty girls and windmills. This curious village is built storey-wise ; that is to say, the old part of it lies low down in the Loire valley, and is often under water, whilst the new is built on a much higher level, and offers a refuge to the inhabitants of the former, whenever an inundation happens. It is a quaint old-world place, and, as you drive over the...
Page 326 - ... whilst nearer the overhanging rocks, and the rows of windmills perched so airily on their summits, like weird birds of prey, with wings folded in their eyrie, for a moment at rest, lend uniqueness to the picture.
Page 242 - As late as the time of Canute the Great, there is a statute forbidding the barbarous adoration of the sun and moon, fire, fountains, stones, and all kinds of trees and wood.
Page 231 - There is nothing in history, and hardly anything in tradition, that throws any light on the mystery." JF The monuments of Carnac and the Morbihan Archipelago bear more resemblance to those of the Orkney Islands than to Stonehenge.

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