Brancion church: Josserand IV's eternal rest
Look, here! We can see the recumbent figure (12th c.) of the mighty lord of Brancion, Josserand IV nicknamed “the Great”.
A rich and magnificent chap… He died in 1250 at the battle of Mansourah in Egypt, during the 7th crusade.
The figure was in the past in the old chapel of castle of Uxelles, former fief of lords of Brancion.
Besides, here’s a little anecdote about Josserand the crusaders, just before he died: on a Good Friday, he expelled German knights from a monastery (during Crusades, Christians also plundered churches and abbeys).
Then he prayed: “Have mercy, please, stop these wars between Christians and take me far from them. I want to die at your service, so I can see you in Heaven…”