As one of the most central and biggest powers on the European continent, France's social and political affairs have often been influenced by the Assassin Brotherhood and Templar Order since at least the Middle Ages. It was also notably the country where the Order of the Knights Templar, as a military order, was both founded and disbanded.
During the Isu Era, the First Civilization built at least two sites containaining artifacts near the future location of Paris. After the Great Catastrophe, the Isu were no more and their former slaves, the Humans, spread in the world.
During the Antiquity, France was known as Gaul and were populated by different tribes. Between 58 and 50 BCE, the Roman Army led by the consul Julius Caesar conquered the Gaul which became a part of the future Roman Empire. The city of Lugdunum was the capital of the Roman Gaul and also the headquarters of the Liberalis Circulum, the Roman counter part of the Hidden Ones, a secret Brotherhood dedicated to protect humanity freedom. In 259 CE, the Liberalis Circulum fought against their sworn enemies, the Order of the Ancients, to recover the Ankh, a piece of Eden who could temporaly reviving dead.
During the 3rd century, the Christian religion increased in Gaul. Denis, the bishop of Paris, was martyrised and beheaded, but according to legend, he walked to the village of Catolacus with his head between his hand before collasping. The village became known as Saint-Denis.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Gaul was established as the Kingdom of Franks. In 800 CE, the Kingdom became a part of the empire of Charlemagne.
In 1129, the Council of Troyes officialized the foundation of the Order of the Knights Templar, the new iteration of the Order of the Ancients. They became a powerful faction in Europe and Middle-East. In 1307, King Philip IV of France, who was heavily in debt to the Templars, was manipulated by the French Assassins into disbanding the Templars by accusing them of heresy. King Philip arrested hundreds of Templars, and burned their Grand Master Jacques de Molay at the stake, driving the Order back underground.
From 1337 to 1453, France became involved in the Hundred Years' War with England, fighting for control over the French throne. England repeatedly led expeditions into French soil, which dealt a huge toll of the economy and the nation's morale. In response, the French built the Bastille in the late 14th century to defend Paris from the English threat, playing a vital role in internal conflicts.
In the 1400s, Jeanne d'Arc acquired a Sword of Eden, and led French soldiers to victories in the war. In 1431, she was captured and executed by the English, while opportunistic Templars took the Sword.
During the Renaissance, France was ruled by King Louis XII from his capital in Paris, though he was drawn away from the throne by his military conquests. During his absence, he left his foreign ministers in command, not knowing that they were working for the Borgia.
In the early 1500s, a French Army, under the command of Octavian de Valois, was employed by Cesare Borgia, the Captain General of the Papal Armies, in order to help unite Italy under the Papal banner.
Age of Enlightenment
During the Age of Enlightenment, France, in competition with Spain and England, sought to build up their Empire by capturing territories in Africa and, to a lesser extent, the West Indies.
France aided the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolutionary War: the Marquis de Lafayette served as George Washington's aide-de-camp from 1777, and the French Navy, under Admiral De Grasse, was instrumental in securing victory.
- Main article: French Revolution
Eventually, numerous troubles in their homeland led to the French having their own revolution in 1789,and control of France ultimately fell to one Napoleon Bonaparte, a skilled military Commander in possession of an Apple of Eden. From 1804 to 1815, Napoleon ruled over France and Western Europe as an Emperor.
After the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871, France enjoyed a period of peace and prosperity which would last until 1914. Dubbed as 'Belle Époque', Paris underwent technological advances which led to increase in size, economic power as well as the improvement of life quality.
- Assassin's Creed II (mentioned in gylphs only)
- Assassin's Creed: Initiates (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed III (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed: Rogue (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed: Unity novel (first appearance)
- Assassin's Creed: Unity
- Assassin's Creed: Heresy
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Assassin's Creed: Unity
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Revelations
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Origins - Discovery Tour
- ↑ Assassin's Creed (Les Deux Royaumes comics)
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Unity - Dead Kings
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Revelations – Abstergo Files
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Unity – Database: 21. Medieval
- ↑ Assassin's Creed II
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy – Contracts
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- ↑ Assassin's Creed III
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Initiates
- ↑ Assassin's Creed II – Glyphs
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Assassin's Creed: Unity – Database: 19. Belle Époque