Sunday, July 12, 2009

Question from Haven - English control of Calais

When did England gain and lose Calais? And is it still around now, or does it go by a different name now?


Anonymous DeclareJeNos said...

It was still called Calais when I was there on a wine-run last week...

Much as though I am loath to Wiki:

Google provided 3,470,000 hits for the search terms 'history' 'Calais' and 'France'.

There is also a rather nice aerial view of it on google maps:

July 12, 2009 6:05 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

I also have a short history of it on this website (the main part, not the Q&A blog):

July 12, 2009 6:25 PM  
Blogger Haven said...

Another question: Why didn't Elizabeth try and take back Calais?

July 12, 2009 8:06 PM  
Blogger kb said...

Haven -

The short answer is that she didn't feel like picking a war with the French. She wasn't ready when she came to the throne and later, the point became moot.

July 12, 2009 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Zoe said...

Does anyone know what became of the English settlers in Calais after it was taken back by the French?
I suppose most of them came home but it would be interesting to know if there are any French people there now with English surnames

July 13, 2009 2:55 AM  
Anonymous tudor fanatic said...

Calais is still up and running, and is one of the major ferry ports in France.

July 14, 2009 10:07 AM  

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