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
At the end of the ninteenth century a rugged aristocrat lived on the island of Tombelaine, in the bay of Mont Saint-Michel. If you have visited the Mont you will have seen Tombelaine, a little rocky heap just four miles away.
Jean, Marquis de Tombelaine was the last of a once
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
Or - Fires, trains and scandal in the Pays d’Auge
In the far south of Normandy’s Calvados region is the small town of Orbec. It has all the usual essentials; church, mairie, schools, shops, and some fine old Pay’s d’Auge timber buildings. But for some reason Orbec, unlike most Normandy towns,
For a few hundred years the de Tosny family made their Norman mark and then... they were gone. But the de Tosny are remembered to this day in Conches-en-Ouche, the town they built in the Orne.
Records have probably been a little bent by time, as the earliest were written many