On the discovery of the wall paintings in Notre Dame de Bermont.

The following text --- translated from a French web site (www.jeanne-darc.com) --- has to do with the chapel of Notre Dame de Bermont generally, but does refer to the paintings:

The Hermitage of Bermont.

The hermitage Notre-Dame de Bermont is situated three kilometers from Domremy.  The text of the trial in nullity of the condemnation of Jeanne d'Arc affirms that the young girl returned there almost every saturday to pray to the Virgin.

The lines that follow are taken from my memory of [my] mastership.  Their object is to make known to a great many a sanctuary loved by Jeanne d'Arc, and unfortunately too long disregarded.

Recently, the discovery in June 1997, of mural paintings in the choir of the chapel has created a new infatuation for Bermont.  On the occasion of the official announcement of this discovery, Mgr Paul-Marie Guillaume, bishop of Saint-Die, launched an appeal, hoping "that in the near future, a historian will be prepared to retrace the history of that humble priory, [which has] become so celebrated because a young adolescent of Domremy loved to return there to pray to Our Lady".

It is in response to that appeal that I have accepted this subject of mastership.  I have worked under the direction of Mr. Patrick Corbet, professor of history of the Middle Ages at the University of Nancy II, and I have been able to conduct my study in good grace with the precious
aid of Miss Catherine Guyon, master of

"On the occasion of the official announcement of this discovery, Mgr Paul-Marie Guillaume… launched an appeal, hoping that in the near future a historian will be prepared to retrace the history of that humble priory…"

Chapel Notre-Dame de Bermont (side rear view).  Photo courtesy Roger Brisson.  Click on image for full scale view.