Medieval Normandy

In Normandy, the Middle Ages represent more than 500 years of history [911-1469]. It is a heritage that is omnipresent throughout the territory (abbeys, castles, cathedrals, etc.) and priceless treasures (the hunt of Saint-Taurin in Évreux, the treasure of Oissel, the manuscripts of Mont Saint-Michel, the famous Bayeux tapestry...).

The Middle Ages is a history, but it is also a geography, that of a territory crossed daily by
the Normans. Moreover, the map of the reunited Normandy looks surprisingly like the one of the Dukes of Normandy in the 11th century!

Finally, emblematic sites such as Mont Saint-Michel, this "Wonder of the West", or heroic figures such as Rollon, William the Conqueror, Richard the Lionhearted, and Joan of Arc inhabit our collective imagination. Without forgetting the numerous medieval festivals which delight the tourists....

Between all these elements there is a relationship that has not always been perceived or emphasized. However, the heritage of the Middle Ages and of these men who came from the North, the Normans, is a major element of the Norman regional identity which justifies that our visitors come today to discover this heritage which testifies to a time when the Norman civilization shone in Europe.

Leave a comment