History Recap / ASterixInBelgium

8th Apr '17 2:23:22 PM mlsmithca
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For the twenty-fourth ''Asterix'' book, Goscinny and Uderzo's satirical eyes turn to France's northern neighbour, Belgium.
3rd Mar '17 12:44:04 PM Xtifr
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** It's historically true that Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar did indeed claim that the "Belgians were the bravest of all Gauls." It's stated in his Literature/CommentariesOnTheGallicWar. However he was referring to the Celtic tribe the Belgae and not the actual Belgians, because Belgium was only founded in 1830. Though the Belgae did live in modern day Belgium the Roman colony "Belgica" actually also comprised a huge southern part part of the modern day Netherlands (below the Rhine) and a large chunk of modern Northern France too. This makes Obelix' fondness of the Belgians and the remark that their village is very much like theirs a case of FridgeBrilliance, since at the time they were practically part of the same Roman colony!

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** It's historically true that Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar did indeed claim that the "Belgians were the bravest of all Gauls." It's stated in his Literature/CommentariesOnTheGallicWar. However he was referring to the Celtic tribe the Belgae and not the actual Belgians, because Belgium was only founded in 1830. Though the Belgae did live in modern day Belgium the Roman colony "Belgica" actually also comprised a huge southern part part of the modern day Netherlands (below the Rhine) and a large chunk of modern Northern France too. This makes Obelix' fondness of the Belgians and the remark that their village is very much like theirs a case of FridgeBrilliance, since at the time they were practically part of the same Roman colony!
15th Feb '17 11:28:02 PM mlsmithca
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* ContinuityNod: The legionaries at the first camp flattened by the three Armoricans upon their arrival in Belgian are members of the 1st Legion, 3rd Cohort, 2nd Maniple, 1st Century - the same division to which Asterix and Obelix were assigned in ''Recap/AsterixTheLegionary''.
14th Feb '17 9:05:53 PM mlsmithca
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** Several references to the Battle of Waterloo, since Waterloo is located in Belgium. The giant battle near the end is a direct parody, with Caesar as Napoleon, Beefix as Wellington and Asterix in the role of Blücher who came to Wellington's aid in the nick of time, causing Napoleon to lose. The accompanying text on the parchments is a reference to French author Creator/VictorHugo's text "Les Châtiments" about the battle. In the English version the text is replaced by quotes from Creator/LordByron (many from his poem [[http://www.poetry-archive.com/b/the_eve_of_waterloo.html "The Eve of Waterloo"]]), Creator/JohnMilton ("Chaos umpire sits" and "With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout, confusion worse confounded" from ''Literature/ParadiseLost'') and Creator/WilliamShakespeare ("But yesterday, the word of Caesar might have stood against the might of the world" and "let slip the dog[s] of war" from, fittingly, ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', albeit after Caesar's assassination).

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** Several references to the Battle of Waterloo, since Waterloo is located in Belgium. The giant battle near the end is a direct parody, with Caesar as Napoleon, Beefix as Wellington and Asterix in the role of Blücher who came to Wellington's aid in the nick of time, causing Napoleon to lose. The accompanying text on the parchments is a reference to French author Creator/VictorHugo's text "Les Châtiments" about the battle. In the English version the text is replaced by quotes from Creator/LordByron (many from his poem [[http://www.poetry-archive.com/b/the_eve_of_waterloo.html "The Eve of Waterloo"]]), Waterloo"]], which forms part of the third canto of ''Childe Harold's Pilgrimage''), Creator/JohnMilton ("Chaos umpire sits" and "With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout, confusion worse confounded" from ''Literature/ParadiseLost'') and Creator/WilliamShakespeare ("But yesterday, the word of Caesar might have stood against the might of the world" and "let slip the dog[s] of war" from, fittingly, ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', albeit after Caesar's assassination).
14th Feb '17 9:02:30 PM mlsmithca
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** Caesar's army arriving on the battlefield by horse is a parody of a painting by Ernest Meissonier showing Napoleon campaigning in France. [[http://asterix.openscroll.org/books/asterix_in_belgium.html]]

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** Caesar's army arriving on the battlefield by horse is a parody of a painting by Ernest Meissonier showing Napoleon campaigning in France. [[http://asterix.openscroll.org/books/asterix_in_belgium.html]]html a parody of a painting by Ernest Meissonier]] showing Napoleon campaigning in France.
14th Feb '17 9:01:50 PM mlsmithca
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The last book that Creator/ReneGoscinny was involved in the production of (he died during production). WordOfGod says that this is why the skies are constantly overcast once the Gauls reach Belgium.

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The last book that Creator/ReneGoscinny was involved in the production of (he died during production). WordOfGod says that this is why the skies are constantly overcast once the Gauls reach Belgium.
Belgium (in particular, the rain that begins falling on p.29 marks the point at which Goscinny died).



** Several references to the Battle of Waterloo, since Waterloo is located in Belgium. The giant battle near the end is a direct parody, with Caesar as Napoleon, Beefix as Wellington and Asterix in the role of Blücher who came to Wellington's aid in the nick of time, causing Napoleon to lose. The accompanying text on the parchments is a reference to French author Creator/VictorHugo's text "Les Châtiments" about the battle. In the English version the text is replaced by quotes from Creator/LordByron, Creator/JohnMilton and Creator/WilliamShakespeare.

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** Several references to the Battle of Waterloo, since Waterloo is located in Belgium. The giant battle near the end is a direct parody, with Caesar as Napoleon, Beefix as Wellington and Asterix in the role of Blücher who came to Wellington's aid in the nick of time, causing Napoleon to lose. The accompanying text on the parchments is a reference to French author Creator/VictorHugo's text "Les Châtiments" about the battle. In the English version the text is replaced by quotes from Creator/LordByron, Creator/LordByron (many from his poem [[http://www.poetry-archive.com/b/the_eve_of_waterloo.html "The Eve of Waterloo"]]), Creator/JohnMilton ("Chaos umpire sits" and Creator/WilliamShakespeare. "With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout, confusion worse confounded" from ''Literature/ParadiseLost'') and Creator/WilliamShakespeare ("But yesterday, the word of Caesar might have stood against the might of the world" and "let slip the dog[s] of war" from, fittingly, ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', albeit after Caesar's assassination).
11th Feb '17 11:57:36 AM mlsmithca
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On the way from the battlefield, he again meets the three chiefs, who ask him for his decision there and then. Caesar replies that he does not care: They are all crazy! and leaves. [[OncePerEpisode Then there is a banquet, of course.]]

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On the way from the battlefield, he again meets the three chiefs, who ask him for his decision there and then. Caesar replies that he does not care: They care - they are all crazy! - and leaves. [[OncePerEpisode Then there is a banquet, of course.]]



* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The Belgian landscape is depicted as being flat, which is TruthInTelevision, though the way it is portrayed here is a huge exaggeration. Everything is shown as one large grass field without any other vegetation in it! One gag has Asterix, Obelix and Vitalstatistix running towards one tiny forest in the middle of this monotonous landscape. In reality Belgium does have trees, hills and even a few small mountains in the Ardennes. Many Belgian readers have pointed out that the way Belgium's flatness is portrayed here looks more like some parts of the Netherlands.
** Though the way Belgium's landscape is portrayed in this album can be interpreted as a caricature following the RuleOfFunny one scene is clearly an honest mistake. We see the pirates sail past the Belgian shore which is again shown as grassy ground. In reality the Belgian shore is one long sandy beach.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: It's historically true that Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar did indeed claim that the "Belgians were the bravest of all Gauls." It's stated in his Literature/CommentariesOnTheGallicWar. However he was referring to the Celtic tribe the Belgae and not the actual Belgians, because Belgium was only founded in 1830. Though the Belgae did live in modern day Belgium the Roman colony "Belgica" was actually also comprised of a huge southern part part of the modern day Netherlands (below the Rhine) and a large chunk of modern Northern France too. This makes Obelix' fondness of the Belgians and the remark that their village is very much like theirs a case of FridgeBrilliance, since at the time they were practically part of the same Roman colony!

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The Belgian landscape is depicted as being flat, which is TruthInTelevision, though the way it is portrayed here is a huge exaggeration. Everything is shown as one large grass field without any other vegetation in it! One gag has Asterix, Obelix and Vitalstatistix running towards one tiny forest in the middle of this monotonous landscape. In reality Belgium does have trees, hills and even a few small mountains in the Ardennes. Many Belgian readers have pointed out that the way Belgium's flatness is portrayed here looks more like some parts of the Netherlands. \n** Though the way Belgium's landscape is portrayed in this album can be interpreted as a caricature following the RuleOfFunny one scene is clearly an honest mistake. We see the pirates sail past the Belgian shore which is again shown as grassy ground. In reality the Belgian shore is one long sandy beach.
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It's historically true that Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar did indeed claim that the "Belgians were the bravest of all Gauls." It's stated in his Literature/CommentariesOnTheGallicWar. However he was referring to the Celtic tribe the Belgae and not the actual Belgians, because Belgium was only founded in 1830. Though the Belgae did live in modern day Belgium the Roman colony "Belgica" was actually also comprised of a huge southern part part of the modern day Netherlands (below the Rhine) and a large chunk of modern Northern France too. This makes Obelix' fondness of the Belgians and the remark that their village is very much like theirs a case of FridgeBrilliance, since at the time they were practically part of the same Roman colony!



** Walloon actress, singer and comedian Annie Cordy is cast as Beefix' wife. Also note that this joke will only be noticed in the francophone world, because in Flanders (the Dutch speaking part of Belgium) Cordy is virtually obscure compared to her superstar status in Wallony.
* CatapultToGlory: Caesar decides to use catapults to fight off the Belgians. This is, by the way, the only time he uses this idea when fighting opposing armies in the comics. Seeing how succesfully the plan is you wonder why he doesn't use it more often.

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** Walloon actress, singer and comedian Annie Cordy is cast as Beefix' wife. Also note that this joke will only be noticed in the francophone world, because in Flanders (the Dutch speaking part of Belgium) Cordy is virtually obscure compared to her superstar status in Wallony.Wallonia.
* CatapultToGlory: Caesar decides to use catapults to fight off the Belgians. This is, by the way, the only time he uses this idea when fighting opposing armies in the comics. Seeing how succesfully successful the plan is you wonder why he doesn't use it more often.



* NationalStereotypes: The Belgians are depicted as jolly and petulant people who enjoy having a laugh, a drink and some tasty food. The bilingual communities are addressed too in the original French version where both leaders fight over an ox tongue, causing Beefix' wife to note: "Ils ont toujours une problème de langue." (:"They always have a problem over tongue", with the double meaning of "tongue" and "language" for the word "langue".)
* NegativeContinuity: If this story is to be believed, the Belgians are invincible and Belgium is far from becoming a part of the Roman empire. But in ''The Mansion of the Gods'' and ''The Laurel Wreath'', Belgian POW slaves seem to be common in the empire, and in ''Asterix The Legionary'', a Belgian is one of the volunteers for the Roman army along with Asterix and Obelix.

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* NationalStereotypes: The Belgians are depicted as jolly and petulant people who enjoy having a laugh, a drink and some tasty food. The bilingual communities are addressed too in the original French version where both leaders fight over an ox tongue, causing Beefix' wife to note: "Ils ont toujours une problème de langue." (:"They ("They always have a problem over tongue", with the double meaning of "tongue" and "language" for the word "langue".)
* NegativeContinuity: If this story is to be believed, the Belgians are invincible and Belgium is far from becoming a part of the Roman empire. But in ''The Mansion of the Gods'' and ''The Laurel Wreath'', Belgian POW slaves seem to be common in the empire, and in ''Asterix The the Legionary'', a Belgian is one of the volunteers for the Roman army along with Asterix and Obelix.



** When Beefix describes "his flat country" in the original French version he quotes a line from the refrain of Belgian singer Music/JacquesBrel 's song "Le Plat Pays".

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** When Beefix describes "his flat country" in the original French version he quotes a line from the refrain of Belgian singer Music/JacquesBrel 's Music/JacquesBrel's song "Le Plat Pays".



* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Julius Caesar is speeching in the Senate and a scribe writes down everything he says. When another senator tries to start a debate about the local brassica ("cabbage") a messenger arrives from Belgium and asks permission to enter. Caesar allows this, which causes the senator that start a tirade on why the brassica topic is far more important to discuss. Caesar snaps back at him: "Stuff your brassica!". The scribe is then informed by the tribune: "Better leave that line out, for future generations may ask questions about Caesar's reputation." When Caesar hears that a revolt has broken out in Belgica he decides to leave immediately and says: "I shall go, I see and I shall conquer." To which the tribune says to the scribe: [[ExactWords "You may write that one down!"]]

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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Julius Caesar is speeching speaking in the Senate and a scribe writes down everything he says. When another senator tries to start a debate about the local brassica ("cabbage") a messenger arrives from Belgium and asks permission to enter. Caesar allows this, which causes the senator that start a tirade on why the brassica topic is far more important to discuss. Caesar snaps back at him: "Stuff your brassica!". The scribe is then informed by the tribune: "Better leave that line out, for future generations may ask questions about Caesar's reputation." When Caesar hears that a revolt has broken out in Belgica he decides to leave immediately and says: "I shall go, I see and I shall conquer." To which the tribune says to the scribe: [[ExactWords "You may write that one down!"]]
27th Jul '15 4:19:24 AM Kinswaous
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* FoodPorn: Taken UpToEleven, with every meal in the Belgian village being a banquet as lavish as the ones that the Gauls have at the ending of each album.
17th Jun '15 7:45:34 AM Morgenthaler
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The last book that ReneGoscinny was involved in the production of (he died during production). WordOfGod says that this is why the skies are constantly overcast once the Gauls reach Belgium.

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The last book that ReneGoscinny Creator/ReneGoscinny was involved in the production of (he died during production). WordOfGod says that this is why the skies are constantly overcast once the Gauls reach Belgium.
20th Apr '15 11:51:52 PM Patachou
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* VacationEpisode: Asterix, Obelix and Vitalstatistix travel to Belgica, aka Belgium.
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