The castle is set on the height of a rock outcrop high above the river.  In 1173 the lord of Vendome was ousted from the castle by his son, who supported the young king, King Henry III (d.1183), against his father, King Henry II (d.1189).  The old king marched on Vendome around Christmas and restored the castle to his loyal baron.  The fortress was destroyed in 1793 during the French revolution. 

On the rock face are the remnants of an eleventh century rectangular keep 56'x36' with walls between 7 and 9' thick.  A mixture of D shaped and rectangular towers strengthen the enceinte around the rock top.  The keep was built by the lords of Vendome before it passed to the counts of Anjou and then the Bourbons. 

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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