Friday, July 18, 2014


 This is the seaside town of Barfleur in Normandy, a place we visited one afternoon.  I found the following information online.

Barfleur is a commune in the Manche department in the Basse-Normandy region in northwestern France.  It is twinned with Lyme Regis in the United Kingdom.

In the Middle Ages Barfleur was one of the chief ports of embarkation for England.

In 1066 a large medallion fixed to a rock in the harbor marks the Norman departure from Barfleur before the Battle of Hastings.

In 1120 the White Ship carrying Prince William, only legitimate son of Henry of England, struck a rock and went down outside the harbor.  It caused the death of the heir to the English throne and chaos in the monarchy, setting the stage for the period of civil war in England known as the Anarchy.

In 1194 Richard of England departed from Barfleur on return to England following his captivity by Henry VI, Holy Remoman Empor.

The town was burned by Edward III in 1348 and then again during the 15th and 16th centuries.  In 1692 it was just off the coast from here that a great ship battle took place, known as the Battle of Barfleur. 

It is still a big yachting and fishing port today.

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