Its winding valley was the focal point of the Vikings' original Duchy of Normandy, and here they began to develop a distinctive Norman style of design and architecture.
Some of Normandy's greatest Romanesque and Gothic buildings stand on its banks.
The coastal areas, especially, preserve the memory of those days.
Normandy has long been a place of high art and culture, too, especially beside the River Seine.
The Seine also gave birth to modern art, as the Impressionists gathered here to capture on canvas the pearly skies over the river and its estuary.
The old duchy is not one region, but two: Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) and Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy).
He supported his regime by summoning knights and burgesses to parliament, and by claiming he was rescuing the English from the domination of foreigners.
This was an important period in the development of parliament and of English national feeling.
Leonie Hicks introduces a quartet of powerful Norman women.It also has much about the surrounding area, and overlaps in terms of phraseology with another chronicle (only surviving in fragmentary later copy), which was certainly written at Pershore.It is almost certain, therefore, that the comes from Pershore.Known as the Provisions of Oxford, these had reduced the king to a cipher, while placing the country under baronial council responsible to parliament.They also introduced widespread reforms of law and local government Between his great victory at the battle of Lewes in May 1264 and his defeat and death at the battle of Evesham in August 1265, de Montfort ruled England in the name of the Provisions, wielding power not seen again until the days of Oliver Cromwell.