There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time. ~Napoleon I, Maxims, 1815
Last week as ever time flew by at a fast pace. One day we took pictures of the Belfry or Befroi in Fougeres. Although it is very prominent when one looks up at the town of Fougeres it is easy to miss it on market day. Everyone is looking at the produce on the stalls and not looking up.
Apparently the belfry was built in 1397 funded by local merchants. It allowed ordinary people access to timekeeping previously the preserve of the church and nobility.
I had never thought about richer people having access to time, and poorer people living without a clock. Maybe it would be nicer to live in a world where you could live by simply using the sun in the sky and not a timepiece.
Actually I don't wear a watch, but my mobile phone can tell me the time if needed.
The French word for lifetime is vie....cours de la vie
The French word for ringing of chimes is sonnerie.
Etymology for the word clock.