Chateau de Caen of William the Conqueror

Traces of William the Conqueror

1066,  William the Conqueror (William in English), Duke of Normandy,

vassal of Rouen of France, descendant of the vikings, crosses the Channel

and following his victory at the battle of Hastings becomes king of England.

In 1128, Geoffroy Plantagenêt, Count of Anjou, son of Foulques d’Anjou king of Jerusalem from 1131,

marries William the Conqueror , Guillaume’s granddaughter!

His son Henri II Plantagenêt will marry Alienor of Aquitaine, duchess of Aquitaine,

becoming then King of England, Duke of Normandy, Count of Anjou and Duke of Aquitaine.

He then finds himself at the head of an “empire” bigger and more powerful

than that of the king of France of which he is supposed to be the vassal!

The territory of the Plantagenets will then cover England and all the western part of France,

until the war of hundred years after which, in the 15th century,

this dynasty will finally find itself confined to England.

A tourist route that can be an opportunity to discover,

in addition to the monuments of the Middle Ages dating from the Plantagenêt era,

Norman gastronomy and the wines of Anjou, the landing beaches,

the landscapes of the west of France or the castles of the Loire dating from the Renaissance…

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