Mis en scène – the ruin of Clisson castle, 30km south east of Nantes, in Brittany – west France.
View from the bridge
The famous lioness of Brittany, Jean de Clisson lived there.
Her husband was accused of high treason by the king of France. He was decapitated, his body dragged through the streets and his head displayed in Nantes on a pike.
The nobility was agast, since there was no public proof of his treason and it was not at all done to treat the body of a nobleman like that.
His wife also took umbrage and swore to revenge his death, which she saw as a cowardly murder.
She sold her estates and raised an army of soldiers who where loyal to her husband and Breton sympathisers.
They attacked two castles and a garrison where her husband used to be stationed. Everyone was killed save for a man or two to carry the message to the king of France.
Then she had three war ships built, painted black and fitted with red sails. The flagship she called ‘My Revenge’.
For thirteen years she plies the English channel and wreaks havoc on French ships. Once again all the men are killed save a few to take the message back to the king of France.
Eventually her luck runs out and her flagships is sunk. She drifts on the see with her two sons for five days before they are rescued by de Montfort sympathisers. But her one son had already died of exposure.
She marries for a fourth time and lives in castle Hennebont on the Breton coast until her death in 1359.
Back to the town.
They have a beautiful Roman style church
With priceless contemporary murals.
and an old wooden roof
Clisson is at the confluence of the Sèvre de Nantes and the Moines.
They have beautiful park land beside the river.
It being a beautiful summer day I picknicked by the river with the other French.