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
Christmas and restored the castle to his loyal baron. The
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
Paul Martin Remfry