A little history of Montsabert castle

The castleThe castle | ©Daniel Jolivet / CC-BY

Poor castle! In the 20th century, it was devastated by summer camps which came here for 30 years! What a destiny! In 1332, it was Guy de Pommerieu's fief. Then Montsabert fell to Laval family at the end of the 14th century.

The famous French constable Bertrand Duguesclin, Jeanne de Laval's husband, entirely rebuilt the fortress in 1440, in middle of the Hundred Years War! Enemies, the English, were everywhere... let's raise the keep, with machicolations and crenels! Then, the constable's nephew, Gilles de Rais, owned the castle.

Montsabert fell to Françoise d'Aubigny in 1575 then to Pierre Lemaistre in 1630 and finally to Goislard family at the end of the 17th century. French architect Hodé restored the castle in 1872: a man who was born in the area, and who restored the Neogothic castle of Challain-la-Potherie (Maine-et-Loire)!