Champtoce sur Loire

The castle is thought to have been built in the thirteenth century as an enclosure castle.  Gilles de Rais (d.1436) was born and brought up here and it was heavily upgraded during his time.  The several gun ports it sports probably dates from this time

The polygonal enclosure has a twin towered gatehouse to the north and six D shaped towers on the more vulnerable W&S sides.  To the NE were all the accommodation blocks, beneath which are cellars leading down to
a postern to the nearby lake.  Allegedly Gilles carried out his nefarious deeds in these dark basements.  He also owned Tiffauges castle.

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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