Humor me for a monent, the world has lost another link to Renaissance France. The Chateau d’Eu, the home in Normandy that Catherine de Cleves and Duc Henri I of Guise built, lost a tree dating back to the 1500s. The tree lost a long battle with tree fungus, and despite ongoing efforts to save it, the caretakers had to admit defeat.
It’s touching because the tree survived the building of the chateau, the deline of the Guise fortunes, and a visit for Britian’s Queen Victoria. It literally was a living piece of history.
Look: we’re French. We get emotional when we lose a part of our cultural history. This one really hurt because we coudn’t tell the tree we loved it before he had to put it down.