Carsix, hometown of Marie de Carsi

Carsix ist eine French commune with 245 inhabitants in the region Haute-Normandie. Nowadays it’s best known in the area for the gigantic hardware store in the hamlet of Malbrouck. Markets have most likely been held at that place since Gallo-Roman times (52BC to 486AD).

History

The village has been mentioned for the first time in 1180. At that time the name was Caresis.

Marie de Carsi(x) lived in the late 13th early 14th century. She was the daughter of Picard, seigneur of Carsix, who died early. Marie was sent to the court after the death of her father. She met Guccius Miri, married him and got a baby around the same time like the queen Clementia of Hungary. Therefore she became the nourrice of John the Posthumous (15 November 1316 – 20 November 1316), who only lived for 5 days. There’s a problem with dead princes, they never seem to be really dead. Maurice Druon wrote 6 novels about The Accursed Kings in 1966. The kings he calls accursed were the last 5 Capetian kings from Philip IV of France to John II.. Father of John the Posthumous was Louis the Quarreler (4 October 1289 – 5 June 1316). Seems like everybody died young in those times. Marie de Carsi has a very nice role in the books of Druon. He calls her Marie de Cressay and describes her as a very loyal person. Because it was known, that John the Posthumous might be killed (the normal reason for the short life span of those kings), she exchanged the little king with her own son. And when her son was killed at the place of John the Posthumous, she raised the little king as her own child. That sounds so great it must be true? There might be a small chance it was like this. We will never know. It’s funny that a man who claimed to be John the Posthumous showed up at the times of John II of France (1319 –1364).

Death procession of John the Posthumous. Licence: public domain because of age.

In Carsix life went on. At the end of the 14th century the seigneurs of Thibouville owned the village. In 1560 Pierre II du Fay, vicomte de Pont-Audemer got both, Thibouville and Carsix. In the 17th century the Carsix-du-Fays even got their own family branch. The village belonged to them until the French Revolution (1789–1799) and they kept the castle until the begin of the 20th century.

18th century entry gate. Own photo at Wikimedia Commons, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

In the Second World War (1939–1945) the Germans occupied the village and used the castle as headquarters. After the flight of the Germans the castle was used as military hospital and dead soldiers were buried in its park.

Sightseeing

Pierre-Georges du Fay has built the castle of Carsix in 1741 on the foundation of an older building. Pierre-Georges’ son Pierre-Philippe has built a chapel. The castle has two side wings. The façade consists of red brick and white stone.

Georges du Fay, and I got to say it again, I wish they had been more creative concerning first names, married in 1900 and moved to the Basse-Normandie. He sold the castle.

After the Second World War the castle was abandoned and parts were destroyed by mould. When a private company bought the castle in 1966, only one of the Louis-quinze rooms had been intact. The castle has been restored afterwards.

The castle of Carsix. I’m definitely no paparazzo, if a castle is privately owned I do not walk in. Own photo at Wikimedia Commons, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Carsix has 31 timber-framed houses and farms that were built in the 17th to 19th century.

Patron saint of the Roman-Catholic church Saint-Martin is Martin of Tours. The nave was built in the 12th century, the choir was rebuilt in the 14th century, church tower and roof of the nave have been restored in the 16th century. The whole church was restored in the 19th century.

Further Reading (French)

Old postcards of Carsix

Carsix on the website of the Préfecture of Eure

Le village de Carsix. In: Annuaire-Mairie.fr

Ernest Nègre: Toponymie générale de la France. 1, Librairie Droz, 1990, ISBN 2-6000-2883-8, p. 53

Frédéric Galeron: Statistique de l’arrondissement de Falaise. 3, Brée l’aîné, Falaise 1829, p. 123

Carsix – notice communal. In: Cassini.ehess.fr.

Raymond Bordeaux: Statistique routière de Lisieux à la frontière de Normandie. In: Annuaire Normand. Delos, Caen 1849

Bernard Bodinier (Hrsg.): L’Eure de la Préhistoire à nos jours. Jean-Michel Bordessoules, Saint-Jean-d’Angély 2001, ISBN 2-913471-28-5, p. 246

Franck Beaumont, Philippe Seydoux: Gentilhommières des pays de l’Eure. Editions de la Morande, Paris 1999, ISBN 2-902091-31-2 , p. 281f

Notre Dame de Charentonne. Diocèse d’Évreux

Commune : Carsix (27131). Thème : Tous les thèmes. In: Insee.fr. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques

Eintrag Nr. 27131 in the Base Mérimée of the Ministère de la Culture

Henry de Servignat: Quatre enigmes royales. In: Dossiers de la petite histoire. Nouvelles Editions Latines, 1958, p. 38–67

Brune de Crespt: Jean Ier, l’enfant qui régna cinq jours. In: Historia Nostra. Alix Ducret

Marie de Carsi

One thought on “Carsix, hometown of Marie de Carsi

  1. Great history lesson! Really appreciate these posts!

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