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Mortemer was a former small town in the region of Normandy in northern France. Now, it is only the location of the surviving ruins of Mortemer Abbey, and the only inhabitants are its caretakers and tour guides. The abbey was built in 1134.

People Born in Mortemer


Mortemer in People's Lives

William the Conqueror: I fought a battle here in 1054, against my former friend and ally, Henry I of France. We had formerly ridden into battle side by side, and now we rode into war against each other. The king had become threatened by my growing power over Normandy, and so moved to place the duchy into different hands. However, I won the battle, which marked a turning point in my rise to power. Before, I had conquered towns and cities, but now, I had conquered the King of France. Perhaps it was here that I first considered the possibility of becoming a king.

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