Berengaria of Navarre b. 1163 d. December 23, 1230 British Monarch. The Qeen consort of King Richard I "Lionheart", she was the daughter of Sancho VI, King of Navarre and Sancha of Castile. She married Richard in Cyprus on May 12, 1191, and accompanied him on crusade. They returned seperately, and Richard was imprisoned. Berengaria stayed in Europe, attempting to raise money for his ransom. She did not return to England with him after his release. Richard was ordered by a priest to reunite with his wife and show her fidelity, but the couple was...[Read More] (Bio by: VampireRed) Cathedrale St-Julien du Mans, Le Mans, Departement de la Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France
Bernanos, Georges b. February 20, 1888 d. July 5, 1948 Author. His novels reflect his fervent Catholicism and intense concern for moral and spiritual problems. They include "The Star of Satan" (1926), "Joy" (1929), "Night Is Darkest" (1935), "The Diary of a Country Priest" (1936), and "Monsieur Ouine" (1945). Bernanos was born in Paris and served in the French Army during World War I. A political conservative, he believed in monarchy and supported Royalist causes until 1937, when he witnessed the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War firsthand...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Pellevoisin Cemetery, Pellevoisin, Departement de l'Indre, Centre, France
Cévert, François b. February 25, 1944 d. October 6, 1973 Auto Race Car Driver. He was born in Paris (France) and died in Watkins Glen (New York). After winning the French Formula 3 Championship in 1968, Cévert joined the Tecno Formula 2 team and finished third overall in 1969, driving in the F2 class of the German Grand Prix. In 1970, Tyrrell called upon Cévert to be his number two driver, alongside defending World Champion Stewart. Over the next four seasons, Cévert became the veteran Stewart's devoted protégé. He made his debut at the Dutch Grand...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière de Vaudelnay, Vaudelnay, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
Henry II [original burial site] b. March 5, 1133 d. July 6, 1189 English Monarch. The son of Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou and Queen Matilda, Henry was born in LeMans France, and acceded the throne of England in 1154, where he was crowned on December 19. He was the first of the Angevin kings, and one of England's most effective monarchs. He refined the government and created a self-standing bureaucracy. Henry was ambitious, intelligent, and energetic, and it is said he spoke every language used in Europe, though it is unlikely he spoke English. He married...[Read More] (Bio by: Kristen Conrad) Fontevraud Abbey, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
Isabelle of Angouleme b. February 19, 1188 d. May 31, 1246 English royalty, Queen consort of King John. She was the only daughter of Aymer Taillefer, count of Angouleme and Alix de Courtenay. Isabelle was renowned for her beauty, and is sometimes called the "Helen" of the middle ages. She was betrothed to Hugh IX de Lusignan when John chose her to be his second wife. They were married on August 24, 1200, at Bordeaux, when she was only about 12. The marriage was probably not a very happy one, as Isabelle had a fiery character to match John's and the age...[Read More] (Bio by: Kristen Conrad) Fontevraud Abbey*, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Kivilev, Andrei b. September 21, 1973 d. March 12, 2003 Sportsman. A professional cyclist, he was born in Tolclycorgan, Kazakhstan. A strong climber, Kivilev turned professional in 1998 and finished fourth in the 2001 Tour de France. Sadly, he died from head injuries suffered in a crash during the second stage of the Paris-Nice race, after a coma. Days later, his friend Alexandre Vinokourov won the Paris-Nice and dedicated him. His teammates crossed the finish line together ahead of the rest of the bunch in the third stage of the race as as tribute. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière de Sorbiers, Sorbiers, Departement de la Loire, Rhone-Alpes, France
Margaret of Anjou b. March 23, 1429 d. August 25, 1482 British Monarch. The Queen consort of King Henry VI, she was the daughter of Rene I, duke of Anjou and King of Naples and Sicily, and Isabella of Lorraine. She married Henry in 1445, and soon asserted her influence at court. She played a key role in the Wars of the Roses, leading Lancastrian forces in defense of her husband and only child Edward, Prince of Wales, and often devising grand strategies. She was learned and fierce, and devoted to hunting and reading. Upon the capture and death of...[Read More] (Bio by: VampireRed) Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers, Angers, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
Petain, Philippe b. April 24, 1856 d. July 23, 1951 French Leader, General. He was born in Cauch-a-la-Tour, France. Philippe Petain joined the French Army and then attended the St Cyr Military School. He was a distinguished veteran of World War I and in particular the battle of Verdun. In the postwar years, Petain was promoted to Field Marshal, remaining active in military affairs. In Morocco, he brought the joint French/Spanish campaign against Abd el-krim to a conclusion, served briefly as war minster and then rewarded for his service by his...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Port-Joinville Cemetery, Port-Joinville, Departement de la Vendée, Pays de la Loire, France