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Re: Castle in St. Clair sur-Epte, France
> When my husband and I visited St. Clair sur-Epte in June 2002, the
>mayor told us that the ruins were of a castle. We spoke to him in French as
>no one there speaks English. Just across the Place Rollon from the church is
>a butcher shop "La Boucherie." If you face this shop, you will see to the
>left a small road between two buildings. If you walk down this road less than
>1/4 of a mile you will see two different ruins of the castle. A sign in
>French on the wall (it is high up on the wall) on the street says "To the
In French that would be a la château, where the word château
does not translate one to one to the English word castle;
it can also mean fort or a certain type of big house.
Most of the famous châteaux of France are not castles.
> In the book "A Genealogical History of the St. Clair Family" by L.A.
>de St. Clair, published in France in 1905 states that around 984 A.D. a king
>of France built the castle and that it was here in the castle that Rollo the
>Viking and King Charles the Simple of France signed the Treaty of St.
>Clair-sur-Epte in 911 A.D.
What sources did this book use?
Andrew Sinclair's book, The Sword and the Grail, also says it is a castle,
but, as we have seen from other postings, that is apparently not the case.
>Susan M. Grady
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