Notre Dame, Paris

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Lister did not mention Notre Dame in his memoirs or pocketbook, but Philip Skippon, his traveling companion, related:

Notre Dame is a fair church, with a handsome front, adorned with statues, and two flat steeples, from which is a good prospect of the city.  Several colours hang up in this church, two of them were taken from the English.

In June 1627, the Duke of Buckingham led a fleet of a hundred ships from Portsmouth to capture the Isle of Ré, near La Rochelle, where Louis XIII was besieging rebellious Huguenot subjects.  Although the invasion initially went well, the English were eventually routed, and in October 1627, a jubilant Louis and his officers heard a Te Deum sung in Notre Dame beneath some forty captured British colours hanging from the cathedral walls. 1 It is probable that Skippon was describing some of these war banners.


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  1.  Charles Carlton, Going to the Wars: The Experience of the British Civil Wars, 1638-1651 (New York: Routledge, 1992), pp. 15-16.

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