National Geographic : 1966 Aug
HAVE COME TO GUY TUROLD Duke William Orders Harold's Release come from the duke to command Harold's release. A bearded dwarf holds their stallions. Scholars debate whether Turold refers to messenger or dwarf. Normans wear their hair shaved at the backs of their heads; mustaches distinguish the Anglo-Saxons (painting, page 217). "It is closed. We are restoring it." "But we have come a long way." "Are you English?" "Americans." "Ah, then you have come a long way!" He let us in and we spent an exciting hour exploring. Many 11th-century columns with their capitals still survive, as well as bits of bright floor tiling, pieces of delicate stone tracery, and the like. Numerous skeletons have been exhumed from the floor of the nave, but there is no way of identifying them. The most important personages were buried closest to the altar. The foreman kept the remains in a locked box. He held fragments of sculpture with lov ing care as he showed them to us, and han dled with equal care the bones of the long dead. They deserve our respect, he said-both the stones and the bones. At Cerisy la Foret we found the magnifi cent abbey church, one of Europe's finest ex amples of Norman Romanesque architecture. William's father, Duke Robert, began the .. church about 1030; its hemicycle of three storied windows forms an apse that com bines beauty and solidity with breath-taking perfection. William himself finished the Diminutive duchess and Queen of Eng land, Matilda lies interred at Caen's Abbaye aux Dames. Huguenots also desecrated her tomb, but her bones and the original black marble stone survived. Matilda's remains, exhumed during the tomb's reconstruction in 1961, indicate she stood four feet, two inches. 215 KODACHROMEBY GEORGE F. MOLEY © N.G .S .