The castle was founded in the eleventh century, but it was not until late in 1173 when it was first mentioned as one of the castles that King Henry II had taken and destroyed in his war against his son, King Henry III - the forgotten king of English and French history.  The lord of the castle, Geoffrey Pouance, had taken the part of the young king and the senior Henry had then taken or destroyed all of his castles.  In the 100 Years War it was held by Bertrand Du Guesclin (d.1380) and was besieged in 1380, 1432 and 1442.

Standing on the edge of the village is a great enceinte castle consisting of 11 towers, a mixture of rectangular, hexagonal and round, but all apparently dating from the same build.  The apartments lay to the north and a twin towered gatehouse, now reduced to foundations, to the east.  To the south was a large outer ward and town enclosure entered via a rectangular gatehouse to the NE.

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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