My next stop in the forest of Compiegne was a little village called Saint Jean Aux Bois. I might have just driven right through it except I noticed that it was a little more interesting than just your average little village in the forest. There is an abbaye there, founded by Benedictine nuns with the aide of Adelaide de Savoie. She was the wife of King Louis VI le Gros .or Louis the Fat. I had heard of him many times before, especially for his conflicts with Enguerrand I. de Coucy of the castle Coucy-le-Chateau which I would stop at once again later this day. Louis the Fat had a battle with Enguerrand I. of Coucy at Amiens in 1115, where Louis the Fat even took an arrow in the chest, saved only by his shirt of mail armor. The church you see when you visit the village today was built in the 1200s. It is yet another piece of architecture that came to be the duty of Viollet-le-Duc to restore in 1865. It had not been declared a historic monument until 1849, but it seems to be a part of what Napoleon III. wanted to save to make his future neighborhood a lot nicer. This is a very cool little spot to visit and the village appears to have gone to a lot of trouble to keep the presentation of the village enjoyable. Like stepping back in time. During the middle ages a wall of defense were put up around the abbaye with a gate put in that had two towers and drawbridge. About 1700 the drawbridge was replaced by a wooden bridge, and then in 1750 that was replaced by the stone bridge that guides you to the interior of the courtyard today.