Photographer's Note

I wanted to capture the simple almost austere atmosphere of this wonderful poignant place in a style reminiscent of the tiny jewel like paintings carried by pilgrims.
Within the stark walls of the Abbey of Fontevraud are the simple tombs of two of the great Plantagenet Kings of England, Henry the 2nd and Richard the lion heart along with that of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Isabella of Angouleme.

Although I may have been taught that they were great English Kings, they saw themselves as Frenchmen 1st and foremost.
Tech: a long long wait for the combination of good light and no people, In PS just pulled the shadows in curves and dodged the figures a touch.

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Additional Photos by Richard Birkett (merpb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 95 N: 343] (2001)
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