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posted 04-17-2002 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lili     Edit/Delete Message
Has anyone read "Timeline" by Michael Crichton. I loved it. It explored quantum physics, stretching the theory to embrace time travel back to the high middle ages. The protagonists explored the castles La Roque and Castelgard in France. Does anyone know if these castles really exist? I really recommend this book - he has grounded his novel with a lot of academic work in medieval studies and quantum physics.

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posted 04-17-2002 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
Okay, I get the hint, and I'm not finished yet !!!

posted 05-04-2002 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Highlandskye     Edit/Delete Message
'Timeline' is filming as we speak in Montreal, Canada. Produced by Richard Donner. Starring, Gerard Butler (Attila, Dracula 2000) Paul Walker (Fast and Furious) and Billy Connelly

posted 05-05-2002 06:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ipflo   Click Here to Email ipflo     Edit/Delete Message
I looked in mine book 'dictionnaire des chateaux et des fortifications du moyen age en france' with 'all' the medieval castles of france and it doesn't speak of castelgard, so i don't know if this castle exists.
There is one castle called la roque, it is also known as meyrals, it lies in the dordogne in the arrondissement sarlat-la-caneda. by the way there are several castles in france which have a combination with la roque, like La Roque-fayet.

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posted 05-09-2002 03:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lili     Edit/Delete Message
Fantastic - a film version! I was imagining the filming as I was reading the book so I can't wait for it to be released. Anywhere I can find anymore information on the filming??

posted 04-19-2004 06:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for applejax   Click Here to Email applejax     Edit/Delete Message
La Roque is a castle in Dordogne Valley France, but in the movie they say that it is in the 12th century. The castle was not actually built until the 15th century. That kind of upset me, because Chriton usually does his homework. Castleguard is not an actual castle, I have looked everywhere for it, and it does not exist.

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posted 04-21-2004 05:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
I did not see the movie (because the critics here all said it was rubbish), but just finished the book. Crichton nowhere claims that the castles, the bridge or the abbey realy existed, so I think they're fictional. The book was nice reading, but nonetheless I'm not a big fan of it. Although Crichton writes that he wanted to show us that the middle ages were not as dark as we thougt, he describes in his book a world of endless bloody brutality.

posted 04-21-2004 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
Did you hear correctly? There is a Chateau Galliard (or sometimes Castle Galliard), which I believe was visited by John Baliol during the period of conflict with Robert the Bruce.

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posted 12-22-2005 02:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve-O-Gerst   Click Here to Email Steve-O-Gerst     Edit/Delete Message
Now wait just a minute, I have here my own copy of the book Timeline, and at the very end of the introduction, page XIII, there's a long blurb about Oliver de Vannes, Arnaut de Cerviole, the Dordogne River, a famous water mill, the towns of Castlegard, and La Roque, and the Monastery of Sainte-Mere, and a Fortress of La Roque.

All of this is said to be an excerpt from "The Hundred Years War in France" by M.D. Backes, 1996. Find that book, and you find the castles.

posted 02-06-2006 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SwordOfErin   Click Here to Email SwordOfErin     Edit/Delete Message
I just did a google search for both Castelgard and La Roque, and nothing showed up but Timeline stuff. Shame. It's a very good book, though. Perhaps you could use the Bibliography in the back of it (I think it has one...it might have something on the castles).

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posted 02-07-2006 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve-O-Gerst   Click Here to Email Steve-O-Gerst     Edit/Delete Message
I did a google search for M.D. Backes, and all I got was timeline stuff too. I thought I saw it for sale on Amazon.com once, for about $100, and decided to wait a bit in case the price went down. Then I forgot to look again.

In the movie, the director's commentary says Castlegard was fake. I'm beginning to wonder if this particular section wasn't a made-up-reference. You can use thise in fiction, although I wish they didn't.

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posted 01-04-2008 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brahan Seer     Edit/Delete Message
These sound like the real castles of Beynac (in the village Beynac et Cazenac) and Castelnaud almost opposite each other on the Dordogne to me. There is a wonderful story that the English and French decided to take over each other's castle by stealth on a dark night and found the next morning that all that happened was that they had swapped castles in the dark.

I have no idea if that is true of course...

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posted 01-04-2008 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for deborahknowles   Click Here to Email deborahknowles     Edit/Delete Message
this was on today, in the UK. It's a fun, okay film, if you take it with a pinch of salt!

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posted 03-04-2008 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for UofI Agger   Click Here to Email UofI Agger     Edit/Delete Message
Ok so im doing a project on this book comparing it to real historical data and I was so pumped to actually find out what castles they were based on. La Roque is based off of La Roque Saint-Christophe. Search it, I'm right. Fortifications built on a large natural limestone cliff. Read pgs 285 and 286 where it describes it and it makes sense.

-Jacked up because I solved the mystery

posted 06-01-2010 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for www.francestonehouse.com   Click Here to Email www.francestonehouse.com     Edit/Delete Message
don't know if anyone is sill active on this thread but I live in Bezenac, France. The location that Timeline was written about. It was La Roque during the middle ages. The castle that Crichton is referring to is Castle Real. There are ruins here in Bezenac high upon a rock outcropping. I spoke with Bart Vranken today and he's coming over to our house this week. He actually has a photograph of the castle from the late 1800's. It's in ruins but it's there. I've seen it myself. More later. Anyone interested in this topic hopefully will see this and have some long standing questions answered.

Paul Holland

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