La vie de Guillaume le Conquérant (02)
1047 à Valognes : Tandis que Guillaume participe à une chasse, ses barons complotent contre lui.
1047 Valognes : While William was out hunting, his barons were plotting against him.
Fortunately for the young duke, Golet managed to give him warning before the conspirators could get to him.
During the night, with the rebels close at heel, William crossed the marshes, mudbanks and waters of Les Veys.
The lord of the manor at Ryes came to the rescue of the exhausted duke, who after that managed to reach Falaise.
William went to the King of France, who agreed to help him.
1047, Val-ès-Dunes : At the beginning of the battle, Raoul Tesson arrived to join forces with William.
King Henry was knocked off his horse, but his attacker was killed.
The rebels were vanquished and fled in disorder; pursued and harassed by William’s forces, some of them drowned in the River Orne.
1047, Vaucelles : William established peace by imposing the Truce of God.
1048, Sées : Anarchy continued. In order to clear brigands out of his cathedral, Bishop Yves set fire to it.
1048, Brionne : William laid siege to the castle of his cousin, Guy, the chief conspirator against him. At Bec-Hellouin, William met Lanfranc and would come to admire him for his impressive qualities.
1049, Bayeux : The duke appointed his brother, Odon of Conteville, Bishop of Bayeux.
After William had established peace, all his vassals paid him homage.
"Les barons se réconcilièrent avec le duc. Ils lui promirent et lui donnèrent tant... Qu'il leur octroya et conserva sa paix et les tint pour quittes de leurs infidélités." Wace
“The barons made peace with the duke. They made so many promises and gave him so many gifts that he granted them peace and maintained it, pardoning their disloyalty.” [Wace]
Voici le montage de ces mêmes images, d'abord en version française puis en version anglaise, le tout mis en musique. durée : 11 min 31 s ; réalisation 2013.
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