You have probably seen photographs of the abbey atop Mont Saint-Michel, the iconic French castle standing in the bay where the Couesnon River empties into the English Channel. Here we get to see, inside the abbey, a room where 11th-century knights once clattered around in their chainmail armor, metal shoe covers and spangenhelms.
King Henry II of England (also the Duke of Normandy) reinforced the abbey in the late 1100s, and to celebrate the fix-up he might have assembled brave and bold knights of the realm into the Knight’s Hall. Medieval knights weren’t necessarily of commanding stature, but their armor gave them an edge in a sword fight. That, along with a banquet in the Knight’s Hall, and a pep talk by the king, would fill them with bravery and brio.
Photograph by Yann Pinczon du Stel.