Williams Battles & Seiges in medieval Maine

The Seiges

  • Alencon 1048 

  • Domfront 1048

  • Mayenne 1063

  • Chateau Lassay 1063

  • le Mans 1063

  • Sille le-Guillaume 1064

  • Chateau Gontier Dec 1066

  • St Suzanne 1063​


William the Bastard  inherited the title of Duke of Normandy in 1035 age 7.  It was a long struggle into his 30s to secure power. By 1060 his rule was secure. 1063 presents William with an advantage in Maine on the southern Normandy borders, with the death of Duke of Anjou.  He invades Maine in force, to secure control of an expanded southern border of Normandy. A factor assisting William's invasion of England in 1066. William’s conquest of scorched earth tactics & siege saw one by one the castles of Maine fall. Despite strong resistances to siege from the Count of Anjou, Geoffrey of Mayenne & Hubert de Sainte-Suzanne, he controlled the county by the beginning of 1064.


  • Visit Chateau Mayenne explore the outer bailey, view the strategic location from the ramparts. 

  • Next across country to Domfront. After a coffee stop we will explore on foot the Chateau precinct and medieval town. 

  •  Then to Saint Suzanne & lunch at one of our favorites Chez Denis. A classic French bistro popular with locals.

  • After lunch we will explore the hill top medieval town, visit the ramparts, and the Norman Keep, a rare example of a surviving square Norman keep.

  • At Saint Suzanne we view from the ramparts and then visit the location of the siege camps of both Caesar & William the Conquer.


A great day out visiting 3 Medieval strong hold Chateaus, all set in spectacular country side. 

Tour William the Bastard in Maine