The Islets of the Channel

The Islets of the Channel

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It was in the tenth century that the French King, Charles IV., granted to Rollo the Pirate, who had married his daughter, the Dukedom of Normandy, together with the islets of "the wide bay of St. Michael's;" a guerdon for his conversion to Christianity. When William, the descendant of Rollo, won the field of Hastings, the islets became an appanage of Britain, by the right of being conquered, and so they remain to this day politically subject to Britain, although geographically a parcel of France. The discovery of Roman, Celtic, Runic, and Gallic relics and coins, and the ruins of temple and fortress throughout the islets, reflect their history on the olden time. Jersey, it seems, was the isolated retreat of Ambiorix, a rebel to Julius Caesar, if we rightly interpret the sixth book of the "Commentaries." These Norman rocks, however, have not been held unchallenged. The French descents date from Henry I., through the reigns of John-who established the "Royal Courts," on a visit to the isles-of Edward I., Edward III., Henry VII., Edward VI., George II., and George III., but they were all failures, although Du Guesclin, who was commissioned by Charles the Wise, seized and held Mount Orgueil Castle. In the dilemma of "the Roses," the Norman Pierre de Breze assumed the title of "Lord of the Isles" until the blending of these royal emblems. The last attempt was on Jersey, in 1779-80, by the Duke of Nassau, when Pierson fell in its successful defence.show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 1.52mm | 86.18g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1508413851
  • 9781508413851