Beaufort en Vallee

The castle is another supposedly built by Fulk Nerra (d.1040) on a limestone hillock allegedly occupied by the Romans.  In 1212 Prince Louis took and destroyed the castle while conquering the district from King John.  The fortress was rebuilt between 1346 and 1356 by Count William Roger of Beaufort.  The castle was a favourite home of King Rene of Naples (d.1480) and was eventually destroyed in the wars of religion.

The fortress occupies a low hillock with 3 great towers descending the side of the mound.  Those to the south-west are rectangular, while that to the north is hexagonal with great spur buttresses on the chamfers.  These are somewhat reminiscent of the thirteenth century ones at Castell Carreg Cenen,
Goodrich and Newport in Dyfed.  

Why not join me here and at other French castles?  Information on this and other tours can be found at Scholarly Sojourns.


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