Meules a Grains
Proceedings of the International Colloquium of La Ferté-sous-Jouarre 16-19 May 2002
Millstones, Mühlsteine, Pietre Molari, Muelhas de Molino.
La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, millstone capital of the world in the 19th century, played host to an international Colloquium that enables us to discover this industry, which is perhaps the oldest of humanity. The authors came from 16 different countries to speak of stones and how they gave rise to, how they were kept or decorated and, also, of the hard and often dangerous life of millstone quarries and cutters.
Written by historians, ethnologists, specialists in popular traditions and millstone technology, the texts provide varied perspectives on the recent centuries of the history of an industry that would have died out completely, had it not been for the stubborn determination of a few diehard millers… or visionaries. These studies reveal a vital chapter in the history of everyday life.
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