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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A river, about 349 km (217 mi) long, of southwest-central France flowing generally northwest to the Loire River.

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  • n. a town in south central France where is 1311-1313 the Roman Catholic Church held one of its councils
  • n. the council in 1311-1313 that dealt with alleged crimes of the Knights Templar, planned a new crusade, and took on the reformation of the clergy


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  • I wrote a short story first which was set in Vienne, with Thomas as the main character, decided I really did like this setting, and started the novel.

    January 5th, 2007

  • In Ile-Rien (or, at least, in Vienne) homosexuality seems to be not exactly mainstream, but tolerated -- Morane's blackmailing incident seems to have been more about the young man's simultaneous engagement to a woman than about the existence of the affair entirely (unless I'm viewing it wrong), and Nicholas's not-entirely-unreceptive attitude to Morane indicates that it wasn't actively abhorrent on principle, at the least (unless, again, that's just Nicholas) -- so, it seems, attitudes are roughly similar to more tolerant European cultures of the analagous time period.

    October 9th, 2007

  • Then it was that Vienne was called Vienne the Holy -- because, while losing nothing of her splendours temporal, she gained great store of splendours spiritual: whereof the culmination was that famous Council, at the beginning of the fourteenth century, which crushed the Templars and gave over their possessions to the Crown.

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  • When at last they did come, the Romans transformed the town into a great city -- the metropolis of the region lying between Geneva and Marseille; and so adorned it with noble buildings -- temples, forum, circus, theatre, aqueducts, baths -- and so enriched it with all manner of works of art, that it came to be known as Vienne the Beautiful throughout the civilized world.

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  • Vienne, which is mentioned by several of the Roman historians under its present name, was the capital of the Allobroges, and I looked upon it with a new and strange interest, on calling to mind my school-boy days, when I had become familiar with that war-like race, in toiling over the pages of Cæsar.

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  • This was followed by a stint at La Pyramide in Vienne in western France, where he was mentored by Fernand Point.

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  • The other four, including the pilot and co-pilot, died in the aircraft as it crashed in the fields of Vienne, France.

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  • L'Isle-Jourdain, France -- No, not much has happened or is happening in this tiny, sleepy, French town -- some might call it a village -- nestled in the Vienne River valley in central France that would warrant a "dateline."

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  • In 1998, the people of Persac and of the Vienne region erected a simple but touching monument on the side of a narrow, winding road in memory and in honor of those American heroes.

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  • Christel Ferrier-Bruneau, (FRA), Vienne Futuroscope, at 1: 30 8.

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