History holidays: French fancy

Julian Humphrys explores the charming medieval town of Dinan in Brittany

Street view of the medieval city of Dinan that belongs to the province of Brittany in the northwestern part of France

This article was first published in the April 2008 edition of BBC History Magazine

During the Middle Ages Dinan’s lofty position, dominating the spot where the east-west land route crossed the river Rance, made it one of Brittany’s most important towns. It features in the Bayeux Tapestry where William’s knights are shown torching its keep while the defenders pass out the town keys on the end of a lance.

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