More info about Cathy:
- The bas-relief monument is on rue Sincaire on a part of the old city wall where the tower once stood. The tower was five-sided and the word Sincaire means five sides in Niçois.
- Her name in Niçois is Catarina Segurana.
- Whether Catherine Ségurane was a real person or just a legend is debated, with historians of both opinions. The first existing written record of her heroism is from 1608 which is only 65 years after the events and the family name of Ségurane is listed in the records of that time.
- The “exposed bottom” episode doesn’t show up in records until 1901 so probably isn’t true, but I think it’s my favourite part of the story
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The story of Catherine Segurane, her life, her courage and her love has just been published, in English: “Heroine of Nice” by Ned Swan. It is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle download. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heroine-Nice-courage-Catherine-Segurane-ebook/dp/B01LZC7CGP/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483440847&sr=1-1&keywords=Heroine+of+Nice
Your book looks very interesting. Thanks for letting me know about it.
Thank you Margo. It is a good book, and tells the story better than it has ever been told before. Best wishes, Ned
Well, I’ll definitely have to check it out then. 🙂
The story of Catherine Segurane is also in my book, “Curious Histories of Nice, France,” but it’s a very short section.
Best of luck with your book, I hope it does very well.