Pictures from Mont Saint-Michel

Le 10 juin 1194: Construite en haut d'une colline dominant l'Eure, sur l'emplacement d'un ancien temple gallo-romain, la cathédrale romane de Chartres est détruite par un incendie. Seule la partie ouest est sauvée. Grâce à de nombreux dons, un programme de reconstruction est aussitôt lancé. La nouvelle cathédrale sera consacrée en 1260 et deviendra un haut lieu de pèlerinage. Elle représente le chef-d'oeuvre de l'art gothique français.

It has been said that Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (1904) remains one of the most profound evaluations of the medieval imagination by one of the richest minds the United States has ever produced, Henry Adams. It contains a wonderful chapter on the Chanson, which places the poem in the context of the Norman invasion of England, as well as its later focus on the 12th and 13th century glasswork of the Cathedral at Chartres. While the Education of Henry Adams (an autobiography) has been available on line to read for some time, this companion work is now Web available (see

"The Salle des Chevaliers of the Order of Saint Michæl created by Louis XI in 1469 was, or shall be for tourist purposes, the great hall that every palace and castle contained, and in which the life of the chateau centered. Planned at about the same time with the Cathedral of Chartres (1195-1210), and before the Abbey Church of Saint-Denis, this hall and its neighbour the refectory, studied together with the cathedral and the abbey, are an exceedingly liberal education for anybody, tourist or engineer or architect, and would make the fortune of an intelligent historian, if such should happen to exist; but the last thing we ask from them is education or instruction. We want only their poetry . . . [mes amis]."

{The dedication} Dédicace de la basilique du Mont Saint-Michel:

La tradition attribue à Aubert, évêque de la ville voisine d'Avranches, la dédicace d'un premier sanctuaire, le 16 octobre 708, sur le mont Tombe. Ce faisant, l'évêque n'aurait fait qu'obéir à une injonction de l'archange Saint Michel. Il lui dédie le sanctuaire d'où le nom qui va rester au mont pour la postérité -- le mont Saint-Michel.

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:
and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time:
and at that time thy people shall be delivered,
every one that shall be found written in the Book.

And many of them, which sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
some to everlasting life,
and some to shame and everlasting contempt [Daniel 12:1-2].
see also Revelation 20:13

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