Uzès, France and Draco Constellation

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  • 44º N, 4.3º E - Uzès, southern France and connection to Draco constellation

Notes

History: Originally Ucetia, Uzès was a small Gallo-Roman oppidum, or administrative settlement. The town lies at the source of the Eure, from where a Roman aqueductwas built in the first century BC, to supply water to the local city of Nîmes, 50 km (31 mi) away. The most famous stretch of the aqueduct is the Pont du Gard, which carried fresh water over splendid arches across the river Gardon. The civilized and tolerant urban life of 5th-century Uzès contrasted with the Frankish north. Jews were apparently settled there as early as the 5th century. Saint Ferréol, Bishop of Uzès, allegedly admitted them to his table; on this account complaint was made of him to King Childebert I, whereupon the bishop was obliged to change his attitude toward the Jews, compelling all those who would not become Christians to leave Uzès. After his death (581) many who had received baptism returned to Judaism.[1] Jews were expelled from the region in 614.

In early 8th century, Uzès was a fortified civitas and bishopric under the archbishop of Narbonne. During the Umayyad conquest of Gothic Septimania, Uzès became the northernmost stronghold of the Andalusians circa 725. Charles Martel went on to lay siege to the stronghold in 736, but it remained in Gothic-Andalusian hands up to 752, when counts loyal to Ansemund of Nîmes handed over a large number of strongholds to the Frankish Pepin the Short. In 753 the stronghold rebelled against the Franks after Ansemund's assassination, but the uprising was suppressed and a Frankish trustee of Pepin imposed. In the 13th century, Uzès hosted a small community of Jewish scholars, as well as a community of Cathars.

Like many cloth-manufacturing centers (Uzès was known for its serges), the city and the surrounding countryside were strongly Protestant during the Wars of Religion in the 16th century, which wreaked havoc in Languedoc. Numerous of the city's churches were trashed and burned by furious Protestants: only two remain today.

Dukes of Uzès The title of duke of Uzès, in the family de Crussol d'Uzès, is the premier title in the peerage of France, coming right after the princes of the blood. The title of seigneur d'Uzès is attested in a charter of 1088. After part of Languedoc was attached to royal demesne (1229), the lords' (and later dukes') military skill and fealty to the Crown propelled their rise through the nobility, until, after the treason of the last Duke of Montmorency, beheaded in 1632, the title of First Duke of France fell to Uzès, who retain their stronghold in the center of town today, which has expanded round the 11th century Tour Bermond. If France were a kingdom, it would be the job of the duke of Uzès to cry out, "Le Roi est mort. Vive le Roi!" at each state funeral, and defend the honour of the queen mother. Twenty-one dukes have been wounded or killed as hereditary Champion of France over the centuries.[1]

Challenge Identity

Earth Coordinate Map

  • 44º N, 1.4º W --- St.-Girons-en-Marensin, southwest coast of France
  • 37.3º N, 7.5º W --- Odeleite, southern Portugal near border with Spain

Geomantic Instruction

  • North Celestial Pole
  • g/t Star Logos

Star Logos (Constellation Matrix)

Geomantic Instruction

  • South Celestial Pole
  • g/t RRO Earth Demographics

(RRO) Earth Demographic Areas

  • Australia
  • Central Asia
  • Melanesia

Geomantic Instruction

Messier Objects



HGS Session References

HGS Sessions - Clearing Uzès, France and Draco Constellation - 3/28/2015 [2]

References

  1. Uzès
  2. HGS Session

See Also

Olympians

Sephiroth

Egyptian Nine Ennead

Fallen Angelics