Synchronicity has always fascinated me and without undue reason. All my life is a series of synchronicities but that is a long story.
Today though I've come across another one! About four months ago we booked to go to the Loire valley for a short break. I did all the necessary work so that we could find a place that pleases both my husband and myself. We booked a room in a small hotel in Loches. The name of the room is 'Charles VII'. Our holiday is approaching so just this morning I decided I ought to have a look at the region and see what we can do to pass the time ... serenely!
You may know that the Loire valley is steeped in history and that its three hundred or so chateaux were the seat of power of the greatest and the most noble of France during the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment.
I thought I'd start with finding out who exactly was Charles VII - obviously connected to the chateau in Loches - I assumed. Well, I should really recognise his name since I read about him only a few days ago in 'The Deamon'; he is none other than the young Dauphin whom Jeanne d' Arc inspired to claim his inheritance and force the English to lift the siege of Orléans and thus turning the tide of the war. After the French won the Battle of Patay, Charles was crowned King Charles VII of France on 17 July 1429, in Reims Cathedral.
Jeanne d' Arc became a legendary figure and a political symbol in France since her death. Many theories have tried to explain her 'voices' and 'visions' but none has established any concrete results. I tend to agree with the interpretation that is suggested in 'The Daemon'. I wonder what our hosts at the hotel think of her Counsel!