The legend of Lady Carcas, attempts to explain the origin of the name of the city of Carcassonne. History says that Charlemagne's army was at the gates of the city facing the Saracens. A princess was at the head of the Knights of the City after the death of her husband. This is Princess Carcas. The siege lasted five years. Seeing Charlemagne's army to leave the plain before the city, Dame Carcas elated by the victory of his stratagem decided to ring all the bells of the city. One of the men of Charlemagne exclaimed: "Carcas rings", thus creating the name of the city.