Richard Lionheart

Wreck of the White Ship (14th c, Peter Langtoft) - ©The British Library / Public domain Wreck of the White Ship (14th c, Peter Langtoft) - ©The British Library / Public domain

A quiet little harbour? This old harbour seems so quiet! But it saw sieges and destructions! The most famous siege was launched by Edward III of England, in 1346, during Hundred Years War. English...

The abbey - ©Giogo / CC-BY-SA The abbey - ©Giogo / CC-BY-SA

Founded by Richard Lionheart, the legend says that one day of 1190, this noble lord fell in a precipice with his horse. He prayed the Virgin Mary, to save him… and fell safe and sound, on dry land...

The castle and the Clock tower - ©Jean-Christophe BENOIST / CC-BY-SA The castle and the Clock tower - ©Jean-Christophe BENOIST / CC-BY-SA

The Lion’s treasure Fell to the counts of Anjou in the 12th century, the future king of England Henri Plantagenet (count Geoffroy V's son) owned several fiefs thanks to his wedding with Eleanor of...

The castle - ©Osbern / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©Osbern / CC-BY-SA

Richard Lionheart wanted a solid fortress in order to keep king of France from entering on his Normans lands and blocked the way to Rouen, so he put up this castle in few months, from 1196 to! "...

The castle - ©Jonathan.chapon / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©Jonathan.chapon / CC-BY-SA

Montbrun: the story Aymeric Brun put up a fortress in 1179, which received the name of Mont-Brun, Mons bruni ("Brown hill"). It was in fact raised on a hill... the castle is a 40 metres...

The recumbent figures - ©Nono vlf / CC-BY-SA The recumbent figures - ©Nono vlf / CC-BY-SA

The recumbent figures The Plantagenet Here we are in the "Plantagenet's St-Denis basilica"! Founders of the famous dynasty were buried here, between 1189 and 1254: the place is known as "King's...

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