Robbery

Mandrin - ©Leipzig University Library / Public domain Mandrin - ©Leipzig University Library / Public domain

Mandrin the smuggler A cave is very useful to take shelter. The famous bandit Mandrin, in the 18th century, knew it well! He completely transformed the caves of La Balme into his headquarters! Louis...

The cloister - ©Selbymay / CC-BY-SA The cloister - ©Selbymay / CC-BY-SA

Water everywhere! Lord of Vouvant Ayraud Gassedener founded Saint-Vincent abbey in 1068 in Nieul, on the banks of river Autise. The first monks who settled here started to clean the marais Poitevin.

The 100 000 soldiers - ©Havang(nl) / CC0 The 100 000 soldiers - ©Havang(nl) / CC0

Hands up! The meaning of a name The name of the cave would come from the trabucaires, robbers acting in the Pyrénées area. They hid themselves in the cave. The trabuc is their weapon, a kind of...

The towers - ©Père Igor / CC-BY-SA The towers - ©Père Igor / CC-BY-SA

Towers galore Impregnable towers on a rocky spur, overlooking the river Maronne, here’s the vast citadel of Merle. We have 7 buildings remaining: the chapel, Fulcon’s keep (12th c.), Ganhac’s(...

Port-Rhu ria - ©Raphodon / CC-BY-SA Port-Rhu ria - ©Raphodon / CC-BY-SA

La Fontenelle, an island... The harbour was protected by a small rocky island, Tristan's island, a military harbour in the Middle-Ages and... a crooks’ lair, during war of religion, with the...

Notre-Dame-des-Portes - ©Moreau.henri / CC-BY-SA Notre-Dame-des-Portes - ©Moreau.henri / CC-BY-SA

The church of Châteauneuf The current church (Notre-Dame-des-Portes in French) dates back to 1892. It replaced an older one (it remains a stained-glass window, 15th c.): it was in fact, the church...

The church - ©GO69 / CC-BY-SA The church - ©GO69 / CC-BY-SA

Ransack and pillage Penmarch was pretty prosperous between the 13th and the 15th century. The city, very rich, used to trade with foreign countries, especially with Spain. Everything changed at the...

The northern side of the island - ©Ipigott / CC0 The northern side of the island - ©Ipigott / CC0

The wolf’s lair Men lived here since Prehistoric times, since they found little houses with bronze weapons and some Gallic and Roman money. In 1351, a garrison settled and raised a fortress. Then...

The cloister - ©Lanzonnet / CC-BY-SA The cloister - ©Lanzonnet / CC-BY-SA

A big swamp Maurice and Conan Duke Conan III founded the abbey in 1136 for his mum, the old Breton duchess Irmengarde. 12 monks turned up from l’Aumône abbey near Chartres, and settled. The place...

The bell-tower - ©GO69 / CC-BY-SA The bell-tower - ©GO69 / CC-BY-SA

Roscudon’s bell-tower is forever link with a terrible event made by a bloodthirsty monster: the Breton crook La Fontenelle. He ransacked and plundered all the Finistère (Brittany) during war of...


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