RE – Lunch and Castles Talk and Lunch

Date: Friday 1 September 2017
Time: 11:30 for lunch
Place: Hôtel Forclaz-Touring, Rue du Léman15, 1920 Martigny         
It is 350 meters from Martigny train station. Hotel parking available, directions on their website: Tel: +41 27 722 27 01
Cost:  CHF: 45.-  and Non-members CHF: 55.-
Reservations: Fully Booked. Reservations are no longer possible.


Toast aux champignons




Piccata de dinde avec Légumes du jour et pommes croquettes




Pêche Melba




2dl wine or mineral or beer


Tea or Coffee

After lunch, BRA Council member Robert Dean will talk to us about the link between the castles in the Valais and the magnificent Edwardian buildings in North Wales.

His book “Castles in Distant Lands” covers the period of one man’s life and describes the castles with which he was associated. As symbols of power and safe havens for fighting men they were key aspects of military power in the middle ages.

Othon de Grandson was one of the most experienced diplomats and military experts of his age. He was also an English Member of Parliament and owner of lands in England, in the Grandson region of Switzerland, at that time Savoy, and Lord of the Channel Islands. The Eagle Tower at Caernarfon in North Wales was built for Othon in his role as Justiciar of that newly conquered country.

Robert will be bringing with him copies of his book to sell.

It is well-illustrated and has very interesting details of events that happened in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century.

“Castles in Distant Lands” The Life and Times of Othon de Grandson. Price CHF: 25.-