Bourges, Chapelle de la cathédrale

Témoignage de John Evelyn (1644).

St. Stephen’s church is the cathe­dral, well-built à la Gothique, full of sepulchres without-side, with the repre­sen­ta­tion of the final Judg­ment over one of the ports. Here they show the cha­pel of Claude de la Chastre, a famous sol­dier, who had ser­ved six kings of France in their wars. St. Cha­pelle is built much like that at Paris, full of relics, and contai­ning the bones of one Briat, a giant of fif­teen cubits high. I was erec­ted by John Duke of Ber­ry, and there is sho­wed the coro­net of the duke­dom. The great tower is a Pha­ros for defence of the town, very strong, in thi­ck­ness eigh­teen feet, for­ti­fied with graffs and works ; there is a gar­ri­son in it, and a strange engine for thro­wing great stones, and the iron cage where Louis, Duke of Orleans, was kept by Charles VIII.

(The dia­ry of John Eve­lyn, Ed. William Bray, J.M. DENT et E.P DULTON, Lon­don-New York, 1905, Tome I, p.76–77.)