Blog – Musketeers
We all know The Three Musketeers it is fictional story written around real people such as Cardinal Richelieu, but did you know that d’Artagnan also existed, but 20 years later!
He was a Musketeer and rose to become Captain Lieutenant of the Musketeers, their commander. He was from Gasconny and during his colourful life was favoured by two kings and a cardinal. He ended his career as the Governor of Lille and died on the battlefield in 1673. He also had a cousin, Pierre de Montesquiou Comte d’Artagnan, who eventually became a Marshall of France, the highest military rank achievable in France.
An even more interesting fact is that in his memoirs d’Artagnan’s tells the story of his first interview for the Musketeers where he met three men with the names Athos, Porthos and Aramis. There were actually three musketeers called Armand de Sillegue d’Athos d’Auteville, Isaac de Portau and Henri d’Aramitz on the list at this time.
So they could have been real people, but we don’t know their personality do we!
The Olympic Truce
The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang on the Korean Peninsula, took place against a very high threat of war between North and South Korea.
However by fielding a joint Korean team in the Ice Hockey and by allowing safe passage to and from the games for North Korean athletes, spectators and dignitaries, showed that South Korea is respecting the ancient tradition of the Olympic Truce, a tradition that goes back nearly three millennia to 776BC and, hopefully, will play a part in diffusing tensions in the region.
These are the first Olympics since Nelson Mandela brought back the concept of the The Olympic truce one that dates back to the ancient olympics in Greece, it allowed athletes and spectators to travel safely to and from the games, and ensures that the host city wouldn’t be attacked during the games.
Educational Musicals have published a schools musical with 12 unique songs so your children learn about the original Ancient Olympics and along with the Olympic tradition that today are being respected.
Did You Know – The events leading up to the Spanish Armada?
The armada was the brainchild of Spain’s King Philip II.
His problem was that the English navy was exercising too much control over the sea routes to the New World, where many of Spain’s colonies were situated. Then there was the religious rivalry between Catholic Spain and Protestant England, as England was not a nice place to be a Catholic, which meant that he that the Pope would fund his plans to help the English Catholics.
There was even more! He was frustrated by the help and support we were giving those fighting his army in the Low Countries.
This meant that from Philip’s point of view, it was a no brainer, he had to invade England, solving all his problems in one stroke.
He had a cunning plan, send an armada of fighting ships up the English Channel to Dunkirk where the Duke of Palma, the Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, would assemble an army of 30,000 soldiers. The ships would ferry the troops across the Channel and, once in England, march on London and capture the capital, forcing Queen Elizabeth to surrender.
King Philip spent over two years preparing the fleet, as he didn’t only need galleons and warships, but also troop and cargo ships to transport all the men and equipment. Totally this armada was over 130 ships, along with several small ships to act as scouts and carry messages between the bigger ones.
Spain was the richest and most powerful nation on earth at that time, or so they thought, which meant that Philip knew it would be simple and easy.
But he was wrong!
Our show The Spanish Armada – The Invasion of England tells the story of what happened through both dialogue, which never has more than five lines in any speech, and twelve original songs, that you children will walk round the school singing.