Hmm, why does Saint Germain sound so darn familiar?

blvd_st-germain_sign6447The main character of my historical adventure novel “The Man Who Would Not Die,” is the mysterious, ageless Count of Saint-Germain or if you prefer le Comte de St-Germain. But this is but one of the many instances of this familiar French name.  Some of the others you may recognize are:

Saint Germain-des-Prés

My absolute favorite place in Paris. A popular west bank Faubourg, known for its cafes, shops, and tree lined boulevard.  It surrounds the church of the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the oldest church in Paris.

Saint Germain-en-Laye

A delightful French town located in the northwest suburbs of Paris on the banks of the River Seine.  Prior to the French Revolution, its Chateau Neuf, was the residence of numerous French kings, including a young Louis XIV.

Paris Saint-Germain

Known simply as PSG, a popular professional soccer (football) team based in Paris.  Also known as the Red and the Blue, they’re the 3rd most successful football club in France and the second most popular after its arch-rivals Marseille.

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

American novelist who’s penned a long series of historical romance novels with Count Saint-Germain as her protagonist.  She portrays him as an immortal vampire with numerous beautiful lovers, who has lived since the time of the Egyptian pharaohs.

St. Germain, the liquor

A delicious French liquor flavored with elder flowers and owned by Bacardi.  A shot goes quite well in a glass of dry white wine, champagne or a number of mixed drinks, including the Green Margarita!

St. Germain, the town

A charming town in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, surrounded by over 1300 lakes.  For the outdoor lover, St. Germain boasts year round activities including fishing, hunting, boating, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.

Saint-Germain’s Tea

More a remedy than beverage.  Created by Count Saint Germain for the Russian Navy.  A blended tea of crushed senna pods, elder flowers, and ground fennel seeds.   Careful, physicians used it as an 18th century purge!  Similar blends are still sold today as an herbal remedy for mild irregularity.

Potage Saint-Germain

A delicious creamed soup of pureed peas & spinach available in many left bank French restaurants. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve with a hot loaf of crusty French bread and a bottle of burgundy.  Bon Appetit!

Treaty of Saint Germain

One of several treaties which ended World War I, the so called ‘War to End All Wars.’  It was signed by British, French, American Allies and Austria on 10 September 1919 in the Chateau Neuf in St. Germain-en-Laye.

Saint Germain Foundation®

A religious organization based on the principles of Theosophy founded by Madame Blavatsky.  It bases its doctrines on the teaching of Guy Ballard.  The organization’s philosophy is known as the “I Am” Activity® and has spawned numerous spiritual splinter groups including the Summit Lighthouse Church.  They consider Count Saint Germain one of their Ascended Masters.

St. Germanus

And last but not least, the original Catholic Saint, ordained Bishop of Paris in the year 555 by French King Childebert and canonized in 754.  He is buried in the abbey church in Paris that bears his familiar name.

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