Assault and Medieval market at the Fertè-Clairbois
L'Assault du Chastelier avec Marché médiéval au la Ferté-Clairbois
Next edition dates to be announced (the event was last held in 2014)
Centre Médiéval de la Ferté-Clairbois, Sainte-Suzanne
(Mayenne dep., Pays de la Loire region)
two days of time-travelling back at the heart of the Middle Ages in a family-friendly setting with jousts and many interactive leisure and educational workshops, and yet medieval cuisine, clothing, music, and jewelry. A way to meet many historical characters and revive the daily life of the period at an amazing reconstructed medieval village...
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Sainte-Suzanne is a 11th-century medieval walled village perched on a rocky promontory overlooking a peaceful hedged farmland located above the river Erve halfway between Laval and Le Mans in western France, at about 35km from Laval, 50km from Le Mans, 100km from Rennes and 250 from Paris. Sainte-Suzanne is considered the pearl of the Mayenne department as well as one of the most beautiful sights in France and is also listed among the "The most beautiful villages" of the whole country. Sainte-Suzanne has a long history dating from prehistoric times, as witnessed by the dolmens or cromlechs dating from the mid 5th century BC at about 2km from the town, while archaeological research revealed that the site was settled by the Celts from the 9th to 5th century BC.
Saint-Suzanne boasts a remarkable heritage: the charming historical centre characterized by picturesque streets dotted with old houses, the Promenade de la Poterne at the foot of the 14th and 15th centuries ramparts wiht beautiful viewpoints over the surrounding countryside, and the castle consisting of the Renaissance lodge built during the 17th century by Guillaume Fouquet de la Varenne (1560-1616 AD), an important statesman in the service of Henry IV (1553-1610 AD), King of France, and the still standing 11th-century Romanesque keep with footbridges and a superb panoramic view over the roofs of the village, the Coëvrons hills, the Erve Valley and Charnie Forest. The keep distinguished itself by making Sainte-Suzanne the only stronghold to withstand the assault of William the Conqueror's troops who, due its strategic location, unsuccessfully besieged Sainte-Suzanne in 1083 for three years.
At about 2 km from the town the Medieval and cultural center of La Ferte-Clairbois, a reconstructed medieval village and fortress, based within a fortified farm, and with fences, walkways, dungeon and drawbridge, medieval gardens, stables, forge, and oven. La Ferte-Clairbois offers the unique chance of an exciting and immersive time-travel back to the Middle Ages, hosting many historical events all year round, which combine history, authenticity and reenactment to provide the visitors with an exciting and unforgettable atmosphere of the medieval life.
Event description and programme
Home to the event is right la Ferté Clairbois with a rich programme of events and animations, including a great medieval market offering a variety of goods and workshops, knights' jousting and tournaments, cavalry, archery and crossbow displays, the staging of the return from the war of the knight Lord of the stronghold, dance and music shows, performances of jokers and jugglers, and a great medieval banquet where to taste delights from the Middle Ages. Headline of the event is the exciting reenactment of the fortress siege which involves hundreds of reenactors coming from all over France and Europe, and offers the audience the unique chance to get to know attack and defense techniques, siege machines, ancient weapons and artillery.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
La Ferte-Clairbois Centre Medieval et Culturel du Maine "Spectacle & Chevalerie"
Address: La Ferté Clairbois doMaine du chevalier, 53270 Sainte-Suzanne, France
Tel.: +33 (0)2 43014215 | Fax: +33 (0)2 43014531
Sainte- Suzanne Tourism Office / Office de tourisme de Sainte Suzanne - les Coëvrons
Address: 1, rue Jean de Bueil, 53270 Sainte-Suzanne, France
Tel.: +33 (0)2 43014360 | Fax: +33 (0)2 43014212
Sainte-Suzanne-Chammes municipality / Mairie de Sainte-Suzanne-et-Chammes
Address: 1 Place Hubert II de Beaumont, 53270 Sainte-Suzanne, France
Tel.: +33 (0)2 43014010
Images: La Ferte-Clairbois Centre Medieval et Culturel
Text sources: La Ferte-Clairbois Centre Medieval et Culturel
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