Montoire sur le Loir
The castle was comenced for the counts of Vendome in the
eleventh century. It was taken by Philip Augustus in 1188,
but immediately retaken by Richard
the Lionheart only to be lost
again by King John in
1202. It was rebuilt in the fourteenth and fifiteenth
centuries before finally being dismantled by Henry IV in 1594.
Dominating the right bank of the Loire is a rectangular keep,
45'x37', with walls only 5' thick. This thin, early tower is
of 3 storeys. One side of the
surrounding enceinte still survives largely intact with a polygonal
tower. Elsewhere macholations survive on the curtain top.
Why not join me here and at other French
castles? Information on this and other tours can be found at Scholarly
Paul Martin Remfry