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During the Marian persecutions, three women, the Guernsey Martyrs, were burned at the stake for their Protestant beliefs.
Taken together with the separate jurisdictions of Alderney and Sark it forms the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Maritime trade suffered a major decline with the move away from sailing craft as materials such as iron and steel were not available on the island.
Le Braye du Valle was a tidal channel that made the northern extremity of Guernsey, Le Clos du Valle, a tidal island.
It is thought to be a 3rd-century Roman cargo vessel and was probably at anchor or grounded when the fire broke out.
In 933 AD, the Cotentin Peninsula including Avranchin which included the islands, were placed by the French King Ranulf under the control of William I.