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Huidesain, Huidesan, Huidesanc, Huidesant, Huidessan, Huiudesant, Hussidan, Huydecan, Huydecant, Vincent, Winchent, Windesant, Winsant, Wisant, Wissant, Witsand, Wydesan, Wydesande, Wydesans, Wyndesan

Wissant is a picturesque and coastal village in northern France.

Wissant was fortified by King Nentres of Garlot during the early Saxon invasions. When King Idres was put in the city of Nauntes, King Nentes was put into Windesan with 4.000 knights to watch by water and by land. Nentres being king of Garloth, the city of Windesan likely was in or was near his own territory, which probably was in the north, possibly East Lothian.

During Mordred’s rebellion, Arthur’s army waited in Wissant for the right wind to bring them back to Britain and face Mordred’s forces.

In Lancelot Windesant is a city in Gorre that was one of King Bagdemagus’s courts.

Wissant | 0 to the 9th century AD

Roman Period
The Opal Coast, where Wissant is located, has a history that dates back to Roman times. During the Roman period, the area was part of the Roman province of Gallia Belgica, and it was known for its trading ports along the English Channel.

Anglo-Saxon and Viking Invasions
Like other parts of northern France and the coastal regions of Europe, the Opal Coast faced invasions by various groups, including Anglo-Saxons and Vikings during the early medieval period.

Later Medieval Period
Wissant and the surrounding region played a role in the medieval history of northern France, including the period of the Hundred Years’ War between England and France.

Roman de Brut | Wace, c. 1155
Brut | Layamon, late 12th century to mid-13th century
Vulgate Lancelot | 1215-1230
Vulgate Merlin | 1220-1235