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 Sojourns.


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