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Montivilliers Abbey

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

The abbey of Montivilliers was a nunnery founded at the end of the 7th century and located in Normandy, France.

Destroyed by the Vikings invasions it was rebuilt in 1035 by the Duke of Normandy, Robert the Magnificent. The abbey was prosperous up until the Hundred Years’ war. Then its fortunes declined until the French revolution at the end of the 18th century when it was closed and sold. Fortunately it was not destroyed and was later bought back by the city of Montivilliers. An ambitious restoration program which was completed in 2000 gave back to the abbey its splendor. Besides the church, it now houses exhibition rooms and the cloister has regained its elegance.

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Manzikert

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Also known as Malasgirt, it’s a city located in Eastern Turkey. In 1071, a battle resulted in one of the worst defeat for the Byzantine empire against the Seljuks Turks. The emperor was even captured and most of his army routed. It opened the doors for the Turk colonisation of Anatolia.

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Senlac

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Name given by the Normans to the place where they fought the battle of Hastings in 1066. The name derives from the English ‘Santlache’ from which the Normans made a pun by calling it ‘Sanguelac’, meaning ‘Blood lake’. It was then shortened to Senlac in Norman History books and in the Domesday book.