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BUST OF LADY CARCAS

Historic site and monument in Carcassonne

  • The history of Dame Carcas is a must when you visit Carcassonne since it is she who gave it its name. 🏰 However, many versions of this story exist. 📚 ➡️ Here is a version of this legend: During the Saracen occupation, Emperor Charlemagne besieged the city of Carcassonne. The buckwheat king BALLAK is killed and it is then up to his wife Dame Carcas to intervene to save his people. The siege has been going on for 5 years already and famine got the better of the last defenders. Dame Carcas then...
    The history of Dame Carcas is a must when you visit Carcassonne since it is she who gave it its name. 🏰 However, many versions of this story exist. 📚 ➡️ Here is a version of this legend: During the Saracen occupation, Emperor Charlemagne besieged the city of Carcassonne. The buckwheat king BALLAK is killed and it is then up to his wife Dame Carcas to intervene to save his people. The siege has been going on for 5 years already and famine got the better of the last defenders. Dame Carcas then disposes of the straw mannequins and she shoots crossbow bolts at the besieging army to make believe that there are still many defenders. In the city, there is only a small pig and a measure of wheat left to feed the population. She decides to force-feed her pig with the rest of the wheat and throw it over the rampart. The pig bursts upon touching the ground and from its torn belly escapes a flood of good grain. Charlemagne immediately raised an unnecessary siege: there was so much wheat in Carcassonne that we fed the swine! Before the great army disappeared, Dame Carcass recalled Charlemagne to make peace. She sounded the trumpets "Carcass sounds". Then the emperor retraced his steps to receive his allegiance!
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