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Maurecourt (Municipality, Yvelines, France)

Last modified: 2003-05-02 by ivan sache
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[Flag of Maurecourt]by Arnaud Leroy

Source: Mairie de Maurecourt

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Presentation of the city

Maurecourt is a city of c. 3,500 inhabitants located on the river Oise.

Ivan Sache, 7 January 2002

Description of the flag

The flag is vertically divided blue-yellow with the municipal coat of arms in the middle. The river shown on the coat of arms is probably the Oise, and the grapes seem to indicate there were vineyards in the area in the past, as it was the case all around Paris to provide low-quality wine for bars and churchs. Most of these vineyards disappeared long ago. The drakkar might refer to foundation of the city by the Normans or another historical fact related to them.

A great collection of ancient postcards of Maurecourt is available online. Among them, a postcard presumably from c. 1900 shows the vineyards which surrounded the village. Another postcard shows the river Oise, which is the eastern border of Maurecourt.

It might be interesting to note that Maurecourt is not far from the border between the kingdom of France and the duchy of Normandy. In 911, king Charles le Simple signed with the Norman chief Rollon (a.k.a. Reuleuf, Rolf etc.) the treaty of St. Clair-sur-Epte. Rollon converted to Christianism and acknowledged the nominal suzereignty of the king of France. The Normans were allocated the area which were later called Normandy. The border was the river Epte, and the county of Vexin was split into Vexin Normand (western part) and Vexin Français (eastern part). The river Epte is still the border between the departments of Eure on west (Normandy) and the departments of Yvelines and Val-d'Oise on east (Ile-de-France).

Ivan Sache, 7 January 2002