Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 09/17/2014


Photo taken on July  1, 2013



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France
Basse-Normandie
Manche
Cotentin
William the Conquerer
Tollevast
Henri de Tollevast


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Tollevast - Saint-Martin

Tollevast - Saint-Martin
The single-nave church "Saint-Martin" in the center of Tollevast dates back to the 11th/12th century. Seigneur Henri de Tollevast, who fought on the side of William the Conquerer in Hastings, founded this church. His tomb can be found inside.

The carvings inside Saint-Martin are strange and puzzling. Here are two men with mustaches. It looks like the large top one, sits on the chest of the the small one. He seems to be a cannibal, as two small heads hang down from his mouth.

This carving is near to Henri de Tollevast´s tomb. As Henry was a veteran of the Battle of Hastings the bearded cannibal may stand for the enemy Anglo-Saxons.

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