Brittany & Its Byways

Some Account of its Inhabitants and its Antiquities; During a Residence in that Country.

Published: 1869
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,926 / 198 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.9
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 595
Added to site: 2007.09.26
mnybks.net#: 18345
Genre: Travel
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made during a serious illness. There are few objects of interest in the town of Cherbourg. The women all wear the large Normandy cap. In the Place d'Armes is a bronze equestrian statue of the Emperor Napoleon I., and on the pedestal is inscribed "J'avois résolu de renouveler à Cherbourg les merveilles de l'Egypte." In the Library is a curiously sculptured chimney-piece of the fifteenth century, coloured and gilt, removed from a room of the abbey. The principal church, La Trinité, is a strange jumble of architecture. There is some beautiful tracery in the windows, and a fine boss (clef pendante) in the south porch, now restored. On a board in the church is an inscription, setting forth it was built in consequence of a "voeu solennel des habitans de Cherbourg en 1450 de la délivrance de la domination étrangère"--that is, from the English, whose defeat the same year at Formigny, by the Constable de Richemont, expelled them for ever from Normandy.

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