Agnès Sorel passed away in Mesnil-sous-Jumièges manor

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Hey! Did you know here, the famous Agnes Sorel (king of France Charles VII’s mistress) died? Agnès left his lovely castle in Loches (Central France) to go in Normandy, in Jumièges.

On her way, she fell ill, says the tradition. And few hours later, she complained about stomach pains… and passed away. In fact, Agnès gave birth to a 4th kid in the manor. But she died just after the delivery, in February 1449.

Agnès already made her will: she gave all her fortune to churches, especially to the neighbouring Jumièges abbey… and she wanted her heart was buried in this famous monastery.

The king did this, and brought her heart in the Norman abbey. Her body was translated in Loches, in the collegiate church. In Jumièges, Agnès had a lovely grave, representing her kneeling and praying.

But it was destroyed during the French Revolution: the black marble flagstone was even used by a butcher from Rouen as a table, said the French doctor Philippe Charlier in his book Médecin des morts, récits de paléopathologie!


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