Tribute to Simon Marsden.
It was a shiny day, but the mood is so weird there that B&W is the only thing I can imagine.
And here is the very nice, very fairytale-like story of the “Enervés de Jumièges”.
“Enervés” is usually translated as “nervous”, or “irritated”. You’ll find out that it’s not the case here…
In 660 AD, Clovis II, a merovingian king, leaves his country and goes to the Holy Land to make a pligrimage.
During his journey, his two sons rebel, and raise an army. The king soon comes back and defeats his sons’ army.
Although Clovis wants to kill his two unfaithful sons, Queen Bathilde tells him to “only” un-nerve them, that is to say, burn their legs’ nerves (actually tendons).
The two brothers, now weak and disabled, vow to religion.
Their mother, Bathilde, unable to find a relevant monastery, builds a raft and let it go on the Seine river.
The raft lands in Jumièges, near Rouen, and there Saint Philibert, founder of the Jumièges abbey, takes the two brothers in.