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A family remembers liberation; Sainte-Mère-Église, 1944

In the early hours of June 6, 1944, a man knocked loudly on the door of Alexandre Renaud, Mayor of Sainte-Mère-Église. Since the town's occupation by the enemy in 1940 there had been a strict curfew. This late night visit could only mean an emergency. The visitor explained rapidly that a house

Ducey, a distillery and the saving of le château des Montgommery

If you drove through Ducey a little over thirty years ago, the only memorable sight would be an abandoned distillery decaying on the corner of Rue du Gén Leclerc. Observant travellers may have noticed a high roof behind the crumbling buildings, but most people would have looked away. Ducey knew a

The treachery of a broken-hearted knight, in medieval Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte

Geoffroy d’Harcourt of Château de Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, was born into a life of great privilege and great danger at the beginning of the 14th century. With one leg damaged at birth he could not expect to be a knight, as a Harcourt his loyalty should never have been in question, but Geoffroy

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