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The gruesome crowd; a true medieval ghost story from Normandy

Vintage postcard of Saint-Aubin-de-Bonneval Normandy

This week our postcard match is a tiny village in the Orne region of Normandy. Here in the 11th century lived the priest Walkelin and it is his, terrifying, ghost story our guest blogger re-tells today.   Our blogger is Orderic Vitalis; Benedictine monk, 11/12th century chronicler and friend of Walkelin.

The surprising battle of St-Cyr-de-Bailleul, in 1906

In the south of Normandy, deep in the countryside near the border with Mayenne, is a tiny village called St-Cyr-de-Bailleul.  Here a few hundred souls live around a small unremarkable church. History has little to report here as perhaps it takes a lot to rouse these hard-working country folk from

The comeuppance of Henri, vicomte de Belzunce, in 1789 Caen

Port de Secours at the old chateau in Caen

Setting the scene It is August, 1789.  The French Revolution, which started idealistically enough with the formation of a National Assembly on 17 June to balance royal power, has become rather less polite as the Bastille is stormed on 14 July. This political drama follows months of hardship for the people of

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