Once one of the largest and richest cities of medieval Europe, Rouen was the capital of Normandy in the Middle Ages, which ruled both England and large parts of modern France from the 11th century to the 15th century.
It is in Rouen that the English burnt Joan of Arc in 1431.
In 1389 a great clock was installed above a bridge spanning a street in Rouen. It remains one of the famous sights of the city.
Jehan Leplastrier, son of Denys, was born in Rouen in 1420. We know that the family lived in in the city for nearly another 300 years before they had to run away leaving their homes.