31 August 2012

Charlemagne's gay capital?

The thought occurred to me – Charlemagne's capital is today called Aachen in German (and is in Germany), but is called Aix-la-Chapelle in French, and the French like to claim old Chuck for themselves.

What I want to know is how the Frogs got from "Aaaaaaachen" to "Aix-la-Chapelle". I mean, Aaaaaaachen sounds like something old Chuck Da Great would have said in a bad mood as he was about to "convert" hordes of Saxons in the name of a loving God at the point of a sword, but "Aix-la-Chapelle" sounds totally, outrageously gay and not at all like the name of the capital of a really butch conqueror of half of Europe. I mean, call it "La Cage aux Folles" while you're at it, why don't you.

Just a random thought about European history. Never mind me.