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A little history of Cany-Barville castle

The castle | ChristopheB / CC-BY-SA
Castle Cany-Barville castle

In 1634, Pierre Le Marinier decided to raise the current castle, here, near river Durdent, between 1640 and 1646.

The legend says famous architect François Mansart raised it... oh, it’s just a legend! It was probably Mansart’s uncle.

Pierre’s son, Barthélémy, sold Cany to his father-in-law, Pierre de Becdelièvre, in 1683: this one laid out the current formal gardens.

In 1788, Cany was owned by the Montmorency-Luxembourg family, when Armande de Becdelièvre married Christian de Montmorency. But the Revolution came!

The castle was seized... Why? Because Mr. De Montmorency was considered as an "emigré".

An emigré was a nobleman who left France to avoid the guillotine (they were 140 000 between 1793 and 1800).

But Mrs. Montmorency disagreed! No way... she didn’t want to leave her castle!

So she decided to divorce (divorce was "create" in September 1792, that was good) in order to keep Cany! She get her castle back and she even succeeded in saving her husband, scored out from the emigrés' list!

Our divorced couple re-married in 1802: phew, what an end!

As a result, the castle wasn't damaged during the Revolution: we can visit the nice Regency style apartments, with the nice wooden panelling, portraits painted by Nattier (Louis XV’s artist)... don’t miss the mysterious Flemish tapestries, on the first floor!

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