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Luxembourg: A bit of history

"Le Luxembourg : Un peu d'histoire"
French C1 writing exercise

Learn about the early history of this interesting country.

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Some vocabulary you may want to look up before or during this exercise: "Luxembourg/Luxembourgish", "landlocked", "to share borders with", "a sovereign state", "to boast of having", "evidence of" (historian), "human occupation", "Stone Age / Antiquity / Middle Ages", "to settle [somewhere] (peoples)", "Celts / Franks / Germanic peoples", "a Count", "to acquire", "a small fort", "a rocky headland", "to overlook", "the central core".

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How the test works

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Did you know that the capital city of Luxembourg is also called Luxembourg? Luxembourg is a small landlocked country which is located in Western Europe where it shares borders with Belgium, France and Germany. Although it is one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe, Luxembourg can boast of having a particularly rich history. There is evidence of human occupation of that geographical area that dates back to the Paleolithic era and the Stone Age, over 35,000 years ago. From Antiquity to the Middle Ages, many peoples settled there, including the Celts, Franks, and Germanic peoples. But many consider that the history of the Luxembourgish nation began in 963, when Count Siegfried acquired a small fort named "Lucilinburhuc", meaning "little castle". Built on a rocky headland overlooking the Alzette river, this castle then became the central core of the future capital city of Luxembourg.

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