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  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.
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http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7162/6731277703_4636ee816b_b.jpgThe present château was rebuilt in 1695 by Sir André Fouquet de Glatigny who bought the fief of Réville from Madeleine Quetil.  The first floor is raised one level and is accessed by a double flight of stairs.  The small attic windows are surmounted by two triangular pediments.  http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7020/6731278091_e94d14d8a7_b.jpghttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7164/6731279427_886ff17d50_b.jpgThe previous château on this site was looted and burned in 1591 during the Wars of Religion by François de la Cour.  Its landlord, Christophe des Iles, was besieged and killed in 1594 by the son of François de la Cour in the fort at Tatihou which he commanded for the king.  http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7013/6731278675_a954b3d28a_b.jpgAfter the Wars of Religion, the medieval château was abandoned.  The pavilion on the right was built in 1793.  The château suffered during World War II.  Its occupation by troops of French, Germans (Marshal Rommel slept here), British and Americans as well as five separate fires destroyed the wooden floors of the living room and dining room.  http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7021/6731280087_7c2b8c7b2b_b.jpgThese days, one can stay in the château out buildings now used as gîtes.  In 1832, writer Pierre Le Fillastre collected stories from residents living in the Val de Saire and he left us this fanciful gem about a greedy monk.  The story goes as follows:  Once upon a time there was a monk who lived with his father at the château at Réville.  Everyone knew this particular monk was greedy.  One day, a farmer from the fief came to the château to pay his rent for the year of 500 to 600 francs to the father, lord of the fief.  When the farmer arrived, he found that the father was not at home.  He gave the money to his son, the greedy monk and made him promise to give it to the lord when he returned.  Sadly, the bad monk hid the money and told his father that he never received it from the farmer.  Later, in the presence of the father, the farmer asked the monk to swear to his honesty on the Holy Bible.  The father even warned his son that swearing on the Bible was something to take very seriously—especially since he was a monk.  Nevertheless, the monk swore to his father, the farmer and to God that he did not know anything about the money.  http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7008/6735361263_7c4887e997_b.jpgImmediately, a demon from the sea appeared and took the lying monk to his death.  No one is sure if the monk was drowned by the demon but one thing is for sure, his pleas for mercy and forgiveness can sometimes be heard by people passing by the sea.  The frightening sounds remind them of what awaits them should they steal and then lie about it.  I have several questions about this legend.  For example, why was the monk living at home with his father and not in a monastery ?  Why was he even ordained as a monk in the first place if he was known to be a liar and cheat ?  Finally, if he was known to be a greedy and deceitful person, why would anyone give him money ?  I guess we will never know all of the details.http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6731280819_1eb0c08a7d_b.jpg

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