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Guyon de La Roche, killed by his brother-in-law

The keep on its rock | DocteurCosmos / CC-BY
Castle Homicide Execution La Roche-Guyon castle

Back in 1109. Guy de La Roche was murdered. The abbot Suger wrote about this news story in his book Vie de Louis VI (Louis VI's Life): Guy was a nice man, sweet and gentle. He did good around him.. But he had enemies, even in his own family! Like his brother-in-law, Guillaume, ″A Norman, an unrivaled felon.″ One day, Guy was attended Mass: the traitor rushed in his back and stabbed him. Stabbed, stabbed! Again and again. He killed him, with his wife and kids, with an unequaled violence, ″by crushing their skulls on the rock″… And the castle was seized by Normans! The king of France had to stop this. He sent his army over there: soldiers promised Guillaume to spare him if he surrendered. And the stupid one surrendered… then he was executed and they put his heart on a pole, displayed in front of everybody. Finally, they tied his corpse on a wooden bed and put it in river Seine...

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