The castle of Joinville was raised in 1533, on lands near the river Marne. Raised by Claude de Lorraine, 1st duke de Guise! And there’s a funny fact, about that construction… When Claude went hunting in the forest of Joinville, he passed by a little house in the city: la Viergeotte.
There, he spent a jolly good time with a young pretty lady… Here, in her plump and warm arms, he forget his wife, Antoinette de Bourbon. Antoinette? Descendant of king of France saint Louis, and her brother Charles was king Henri IV’s grand-father! A livid wife, stayed up here in her castle…
But, she wasn’t stupid! She suspected something. She finally decided to take revenge: she entirely re-rigged out the young thing like a real princess and redecorated her shack like a palace. Claude was forced to recognize his wife’s generosity: he admitted his faults and raised her a brand new castle (in 40 days only!): whoa, the current Joinville castle!