THE FORTRESS OF RICHARD THE LIONHEART
I - THE VISIT
Built by Richard the Lionheart, Château-Gaillard stands on a limestone cliff, above the Seine, near the town of Andelys, in France.
The construction, which began in 1197, was completed less than two years later. Which made the King of England and Duke of Normandy say, according to commentators at the time : How beautiful, my one year old daughter ! Richard would also have exclaimed : what a valiant castle ! (Quel château gaillard !)
The fortress has been classified as a "monument historique" since 1862.
In this book, you will see Château-Gaillard reconstituted in the appearance he could present in the years after the death of Richard the Lionheart, after that Jean sans Terre added the chapel of the west rampart.
Of course, this reconstitution is based on continual evolution assumptions. It is neither definitive nor «absolute».
Any suggestion is welcome.