Some weeks ago I bought a reprint of a book of 1929 by Louis Bascan:
Les Légendes Normandes, a collection of Norman legends of older sources, published “les Editions du Bastion”, 1999, ISBN=2745500503 (French)
Since some of the legends describe places in Normandy I made some rather rough translations, not always near the text, because I find it boring to describe why a girl is beautiful…
The illustrations in the book were made by Georges Lefèvres (1862-1929). He was also a teacher and a writer.
- Who was Louis Bascan?A man that died for his beliefs.
- the gorge of King Arthur The origin of the cataracts of Mortain.
- the foundation of the kingdom of Yvetot Yvetot had a special status.
- the mademoiselle of Fontenailles The origin of a rock near Longues-sur-Mer.
- Saint Michael and Satan The origin of Mont Saint-Michel.
- the gorge of the devil Yvain light near Soumont-Saint-Quentin.
- the fantastic bridge, may the devil finish it if he can.
- The mistress of Molay, has to defend her castle.
- the bells of Corneville are glad to be French.