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Location address: France, Bourgogne, La Charité-sur-Loire
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In the early 1990s, Christian Valleriaux, bookseller in Paris decided to move to Charity-sur-Loire. He creates in 1996 a book fair. The idea was to make Charite-sur-Loire, a city of books. The city got there: a dozen booksellers have moved into historic downtown and took over deserted shops. Some book artists, printers, illuminators, calligraphers, binders and publishers settled here. During the year, several events related to books and book fairs are organized here.
Joan of Arc tried to conquer Charité-sur-Loire from captain Perrinet Gressard who occupied the city since 1423. This successful business place was a popular prize. The sturdy fortifications failed the attempt of the Virgin of Orleans, however.
Linked themes: History
La Charite-sur-Loire, city and trading port on the Loire and stop-over on the pilgrim route to Compostella, was soon a wealthy city.
A great fire ravaged the town in 1559. In the French Wars of Religion, it was one of the fortified towns granted as Huguenot safe havens by the Peace of Saint-Germain (August 1570). In the Second War the fortified town withstood eight months of siege by Catholic forces.