[MR] BBC REEL: Fosse Dionne, a Fatal Medieval Spring
Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 8 02:16:15 PST 2019
Today BBC REEL is offering a five-minute video about the Fosse Dionne, a
spring in Tonnerre, France. The spring flows from a natural cave of great
depth, and rises to a very interesting 18th century well head in the
center of the village. The Fosse Dionne is linked to the medieval legend of
St. John Reome, a sixth century monk, who first opened the spring, and in
doing so destroyed a basilisk that lived in the underground cavern.
The Fosse is considered extremely dangerous, and several several divers
have lost their lives exploring the cavern.
The video, featuring some interesting re-enactment scenes (yes, I suppose
peasants really did look that grotesque) is at
. The video is entirely in French, but has English subtitles.
More on the Fosse Dionne is found at
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