William the Conqueror was born in Falaise castle in 1027. He lived here very often, but taking advantage of his victory in Hastings in order to found the Anglo-Norman dynasty, he led his campaigns from his castle.
Some say that William's father saw for the first time Arlette, daughter of a local furrier (his future wife) from one of the fortress' window!
The future king of England Henri I Beauclerc, William's son, rebuilt the keep in 1123 and added a vast surrounding wall. King Philip Augustus then transformed Falaise into a huge fortress. The 40 metres Talbot's tower dates back from the Hundred Years War, put up between 1418 and 1450. A big well on the first floor supplied water on each storey.
But Falaise was gradually abandoned for centuries, demolished by Allies bombings during World War II...