When Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye was a schoolgirl, growing up in the suburbs outside Paris, she fell in love with history. More precisely, she fell in love with the history of the Middle Ages. It was a double attraction, she says: to the science, "to try to know precisely what happened, how it happened, in what context"; and to history's imaginative qualities.
"I have always been interested in fantasy and imagination, and the Middle Ages is a wonderful period for that," she says. "There was the invention of romance at that time, and so many other things. It's a false approach to think that the Middle Ages is above all a religious period. It is, certainly, but it's also other things."
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