By Charles Margerison
Have you puzzled how the Eiffel Tower used to be equipped? Or, what it should were wish to wander the streets of Montmartre 100 years in the past and meet humans like Edith Piaf and the well-known painters? As you stroll round the urban of sunshine, you're traveling within the footsteps of fantastic humans together with Napoleon Bonaparte, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gustave Eiffel. in several methods, all of those extraordinary characters made significant contributions, making the town of Paris what it's at the present time. A urban travel in contrast to the other, extraordinary humans of Paris takes you on a desirable trip with those icons of 1 of the world's such a lot visited towns. you are going to meet those that contributed to the song, the paintings, the structure, the politics and different very important facets of the city's existence. Come nose to nose with those that built the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Tuilleries Gardens and different nice locations. stroll round the urban with the tales of the folks who created the websites we like to go to. what's a BioView®? Your journey of the folks and locations of Paris comes alive via BioViews®. A BioView® is a quick biographical tale, just like an interview. those specific tales supply a good way of studying approximately impressive those that made significant contributions and altered our global.
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Les Invalides © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 46 Amazing People of Paris Louis Braille 1809 – 1852 When I was young, I had an accident that left me blind My parents were concerned that I might end up as a beggar It was vital that I learnt to read and write Father heard of a school in Paris that taught blind students Therefore, aged ten, I entered the Quinze-Vingts school On arriving, it was a place of hope Yet, it would also become a place of despair The school focused mainly on practical skills We learnt basket weaving, chair caning and slipper making Conditions at the school were harsh in a building over 500 years old The rooms were damp and cold If we misbehaved we were beaten, locked up and given stale bread An official report said the level of mortality amongst students was high Poverty lay all around, as France had been in many wars © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 47 Amazing People of Paris Napoleon and his armies had been defeated in 1815 There was little money for education, especially for blind people In 1821, when I was 12, Charles Barbier came to our school One of our teachers had invited him to explain a new system He had developed a system of ‘night writing and reading’ A dots and dashes system helped to feel the letters and words There were 12 dots and dashes, but they were hard to learn However, it gave me an idea I reduced the number of symbols to six That made it easier to remember and use By October 1824, aged 15, I had a basic system I became an author at only 18 years of age A name was needed for it, so I called it the Braille System A method for blind people to write and read was at last available Despite its advantages, it was not accepted Teachers found it hard to learn the system Sighted people did not need it and blind people did not have much money I continued to train people in the system In 1829, I was tested for entry to the French Army Of course, they declared me exempt due to my disability Ironically, their report said that I ‘could not read or write’ Little did they know that my system could be an advantage in war Illness slowed my progress, as I suffered from haemorrhages However, in 1834 my Braille System was shown at the Paris Exposition It was the start of a new form of education for the blind In 1837, the revised edition of my book was printed.
Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 54 Amazing People of Paris Louise Michel 1830 – 1905 The poor had long given their children to fight battles for the rich The monarchy, the nobles and the clerics had the power The children of the poor fought their battles In 1870, the Prussians had invaded Paris On February 28th 1871, the Government signed an armistice Poverty stalked the streets People ate their cats and dogs, trying to survive A new political order had to be created With colleagues, we started the Paris Commune on March 18th Red banners of the workers lined the streets ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’ There were 92 members of the Commune Council I demanded action, not just talk on the issues My list was short but vital Equality of wages between the sexes The right of divorce © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 55 Amazing People of Paris Secular education for all The abolition of illegitimacy as a legal concept Democratic elections In Paris, we started to practise what we preached Co-operative, rather than capitalist, ventures It was seen by the old order as another revolution The start of another civil war Louis Adolphe Thiers led the Government forces against us Our fighters set the Tuileries Palace alight Fifty hostages were executed between May 24th and 26th Including the Archbishop of Paris, Georges Darboy That was a terrible decision in all respects The Government gave the army orders to quash the commune At Père Lachaise, 147 communards were executed During the fighting, about 35,000 people were killed Over 43,000 communards were imprisoned They called me Clemence, ‘The Red Virgin of Montmartre’ Working day and night, I helped the poor Trying to change Paris for the better Seeing the Third Republic begin in 1871 Despite this, in 1873, I was deported to New Caledonia The penalty for daring to replace capitalism.
Amazing People of Paris Andre Le Notre 1613 – 1700 Bienvenue Welcome to Paris and, in particular, the Tuileries Gardens The Tuileries Palace once stood here That building was started in 1564 by Catherine de Medici Famous people lived there, including the King Louis XIV and Napoleon The Palace was the royal residence before 1871 The building was destroyed by revolutionaries of the Paris commune Next to the Tuileries is the Louvre It was originally a fortress King Francois I started the re-building in 1546 A hundred years later, King Louis XIV spent a lot of money He developed both the Tuileries and the Louvre © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 25 Amazing People of Paris It was my privilege to be the landscape designer at the Tuileries The smell of flowers was in my blood My father and grandfather were gardeners They passed on their practical skills As part of my training, I studied painting and architecture I succeeded to my father’s job as head gardener at the Tuileries in 1637 I was ready for the challenges ahead My work came to the attention of King Louis XIV of France A powerful ruler, he wanted the most beautiful gardens Money and men to do the work were supplied King Louis was generous and appreciative of my work He had absolute power and wanted everything to be just as he decided The King also asked me to design the gardens at his Palais of Versailles Work began in 1661 At the age of 48, I was in my prime and full of energy At Versailles, I also laid out the radiating city plan The Avenue de Paris was the largest of its kind in Europe It was a busy period for me with many projects at the same time One of them was to extend the gardens in the centre of Paris That became the Champs Elysées Other projects included the Chateaux at Fontainebleau I worked there for two years from 1645 I also developed other properties at Grand Trianon and Clagny In all, I had a fascinating job It enabled me to make Paris beautiful.
Amazing People of Paris: Inspirational Stories by Charles Margerison