Bertrand Ménard lives in Saumur, his ancestral town. His passion for history started in childhood, when he found a fossil. This revelation was followed by another, when he came across traces of Richard the Lionhearted in Normandy. Bertrand worked as organizer of cultural events at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, thus staying in close contact with Richard’s mortal and spiritual remains.
The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud is magical in both senses of the word. Fontevraud: Mysteries of the Abbey and the Village evokes, to be sure, its amazing history, much of it well-documented but some of it little-known. It also recounts recondite and inexplicable, perhaps supernatural stories surrounding the abbey.