Falaise castle features quite strongly in Three Bloody Pieces, and is the setting where several significant events takes place (no, I’m not telling – spoilers!!)
The castle’s history is a long one, dating back to before 1026, and like most other castle’s the history was a bloody one. Three Bloody Pieces is set during the reign of Robert 1, and there are rumours that Robert came to rule by foul means, killing off his elder brother so he could claim the dutchy for himself. Robert was the father of William the Conqueror, who was born in the castle.
A tremendously imposing medieval structure, the castle still dominates the town of Falaise. The fortifications which are visible now, date from after William’s time. Falaise suffered appallingly in the latter stages of the 1944 Battle of Normandy, but the for has been entirely restored; it looms above the town with its 3 keeps and its rampart flanked by no less than 15 towers.
This depicts how it may have once looked.
If you ever get to visit it, film projections, audiovisual scenes, 3D viewing on tactile tablets, and replicas of period furnishings all combine to unveil the reality of the ducal and royal castle during the 12th and 13th centuries. Within the castle grounds, a film and stereoscopic view binoculars enable you to relive the medieval castle's past, as if you were there!
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