Abbaye de Saint-Martin

Sees, Departement de l'Orne, Basse-Normandie, France
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The first Benedictine abbey, built in the time of Saint Évroult d'Ouche (627-707), was destroyed by Norman invasions, but restored in 1050, by Roger de Montgomery, Viscount of Exmes, who was married to Mabile Bellême Talvas, daughter of William II. The Bishop of Sees was the brother of William II Talvas.
In the 14th and 15th centuries, the monastery suffered in the Hundred Years War, is ransomed, but invaded and the abbey church is defiled by farmers who seek asylum. It is reconsecrated in 1431. Sacked in 1556, by the Huguenots. Again restored, it was sold as national property in 1796, becoming a weaving factory. Sold back to the church, in 1834, it is again restored.
The abbey has a rich library and valuable manuscripts including a 6th century Bible brought to the Council of Trent by Pierre Duval, bishop of Sées, and fifty manuscripts found in a hiding place of the bishop.

GPS Coordinates: 48.60271, 0.17578

  • Added: 19 Oct 2016
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