Creully castle: a toothy warrior, Bernard Montgomery in his hideaway

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Creully castle Castle Accident Bernard Montgomery World War II

Normans, English, a minister

Raised at a time when Normans moved in the area, after the signature of the treaty of St-Clair-sur-Epte in 911, Creully was dogged between the English and the French during the Hundred Years War. King of France Louis XI destroyed it in 1471, then rebuilt it 10 years later. Do you know Jean-Baptiste Colbert? Louis XIV's famous minister owned Creully in 1682, one year before his death!

Hamon go to war

A lord’s teeth

Why did they nickname Hamon, lord of Creully, Le Dentu, “the Toothy”? Mystery… Maybe he was a hearty eater, or his teeth weren’t glamorous at all…

Anyway, Hamon-the-Toothy (the chronicle called him Hains-as-Dentz) was the first baron of Creully. He founded the primitive castle. The tradition says he was an heir of the famous Rollo: you know, the Viking chief who created the duchy of Normandy? Whoa, a terrific lineage!

Hamon’s nicest feat was also his last one: he kicked the bucket in 1047, against the king of France, in the valley of St-Laurent-du-Val. Robert Wace wrote his last moments in his novel, the Roman de Rou.

Losing his mind?

The second baron of Creully was Robert Fitz-Hamon. He bravely fought with William the Conqueror during the battle of Hastings. So, this one gave him nice rewards, include seigneuries of Bristol and Gloucester in England! After several victories, Robert went mad during the siege of Falaise: an arrow reached his head. Blood didn’t run much, but his mind and his brain were completely affected! He died, insane, few monks later in England…

A caravan in the hay

The village of Creully was set free during the first hours of the D-day, on June 6th 1944. And on June 7th, men from the BBC (English radio station), moved in the castle, in the Square Tower. The station broadcasted a news bulletin every day, about the front in Normandy! Until July 21th 1944…

And while they were broadcasting in the tower, general Montgomery had set his headquarters in the park of the castle of Creullet (we can see it from the terrace of the castle of Creully), in the beginning of June 1944. His headquarters? Oh, a simple caravan hidden on hay! Maybe, but he received here king George VI and Winston Churchill...

The visit of Creully

The castle nowadays belongs to the city of Creully, who often rents it for exhibitions or concerts. The Square Tower houses a little museum dedicated to the radio, since 1994…

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