A friend just pointed me in the direction of the most marvelous resource. Follow the links here to “historyteachers” at YouTube. These creative teachers have put together 50 fine quality videos in which they use contemporary music re-written to showcase various historical events and people. Francophiles will rock to “The French Revolution,” set to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” They do apologize for using the “Let them eat cake” myth wrongfully attributed to Marie Antoinette in the interest of a good rhyme. Once there, watch their videos about Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Joan of Arc, and of course, the most famous Corsican of all, Napoleon. The creativity of these teachers is awe inspiring.
Today’s expression, pas d’histoires, (pa deestwoire) literally means “no stories,” but figuratively means “no funny stuff” or “don’t make trouble.” Maybe Mama Buonaparte should have said that to little Napoleone a little more often and 360,000 French troops wouldn’t have perished in Russia in the winter of 1812. On the other hand, the “funny stuff” of these talented teachers is something I’d be happy to see more of.