THE FRENCH VILLAGE OF SAINTE SUZANNE

SATURDAY 20th May

Sainte Suzanne has had a checkered history. Recent archaeological evidence suggests that it began with an Iron age settlement in the 6th Century BC. Sitting 60 m above the Erve River  on a rocky outcrop this naturally defensive position has meant it has been settled throughout the ages. The surrounding towns quickly fell under the Norman forces of William the Conqueror as he increased his territories but Sainte Suzanne managed to resist the Norman invaders for 3 years. In the 15th century during the Hundred Years War between the French and the English Sainte Suzanne fell and was occupied by the English for 14 years, and then retaken by the French. During the periods of war the town’s defences continued to be improved and strengthened.

Sainte Suzanne has received a tourist classification as One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France and a listed Town of Art and History. On the final day of our BACKROADS Tour we had a half-hour glimpse of the old section of this village. What a delight with its cobbled streets and stone houses with charming gardens!

 

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