View of Josselin Castle from the River Oust
|Intercommunality||Pays de Josselin|
|• Mayor (2008—2014)||Joseph Seveno|
|Area1||4.48 km2 (1.73 sq mi)|
|• Density||540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||56091 / 56120|
|Elevation||32–93 m (105–305 ft)
(avg. 30 m or 98 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
An alternative explanation for the location of the chapel concerns a labourer who in 808 discovered a wooden statue in the brambles which enabled his hitherto blind daughter to see. A chapel was constructed on the site of this miracle which subsequently grew into a church (parts of which date back to the twelfth century). A fresco in the church now recalls the Combat of the Thirty summarized below.
In 1351, during the Breton War of Succession (part of the Hundred Years' War), two groups of approximately 30 English knights (led by Robert Bramborough, the English captain of Ploërmel) and Franco-Breton knights (commanded by Jean de Beaumanoir, captain of Josselin) staged an arranged combat at a spot halfway between the Chateau de Josselin and Ploërmel. The Franco-Breton side eventually won after killing or capturing the English force, including Bramborough. This episode was later known as the Combat of the Thirty.
Inhabitants of Josselin are called Josselinais.
In 2008, 16.05% of children attended the bilingual schools in primary education.
- (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
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- Official site (French)
- French Ministry of Culture list for Josselin (French)
- Map of Josselin on Michelin (English)
- Mayors of Morbihan Association (French)
- Commune file at INSEE
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