Cistercian Abbey of L’Epau
The old Plantagenet town of LeMans rises high upon a pinnacle, with tiered houses in golden coloured stone, clinging for dear life, to the riverside hill. Part and part girdled by a 3rd century Roman wall, with richly decorative brickwork, displaying the Empire’s wealth.
Berengaria of Navarre
Berengaria of Navarre, daughter of Sancho VI, King of Navarre, was born in 1165, and married Richard the Lionheart in May of 1191 in Limassol, Cyprus. In April of 1199, her estranged husband died.
England’s crown passed from Richard to his brother John. John withheld funds due to Berengaria, and she lived a life of poverty, until she could stand no more, and threw herself at the mercy of the French Monarchy, who gave her the town of LeMans.
Berengaria opted to build the Cistercian Abbey of L’Epau between the town and forest in 1228. Construction commenced on…
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