Castelnaud castle: murder and abduction

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Castelnaud castle Castle Homicide Abduction Marguerite de Lustrac Anne de Caumont Geoffroy de Caumont Wars of Religion

Mushrooms and kidnappings

Now, we were in the middle of war of Religion… the castle was entrusted to the Protestant Geoffroy de Vivans, nicknamed “the Rowdy”. A Protestant? My gosh! Yes, because the Caumont changed religion. And Geoffroy moved in. He was born in Castelnaud in 1543, he was a brave chap, a tough soldier. He loyally kept the stronghold, even when the area was ransacked and pillaged: thanks to him, the castle was not besieged!

But wait and see… you haven’t seen anything yet! Poisoning and kidnappings waiting for us! The Huguenot Geoffroy de Caumont took shelter in the castle to escape from the Protestant slaughters in 1574: here, a man called Anet de Commarque served him delicious mushrooms for diner… Geoffroy loved mushrooms! Few hours later, he had a terrible stomach-ache and died just after. Verdict? Poisoning… But what about the kidnappings? Not one, but 3! Those of Anne de Caumont, Geoffroy’s daughter.

An easy prey

Her father Geoffroy died, so Anne stayed with her mother Marguerite de Lustrac in Castelnaud. Pretty and rich, she was an easy prey for noble lords of the area. Jean des Cars (her tutor) kidnapped her to marry his son. She was 8 years-old.

He confined her illegally in his castle in Limousin. Widow at the age of 12 (Charles de Biron, who also “wanted” her, killed her husband in a duel), Cars kidnapped her once again to marry his other son. Vivans saved her, with the help of the duke of Mayenne: an army of 12000 men came to save the lady!

But the duke sold out and wanted his son to marry her! Meanwhile, Anne, 18 years-old, fell in love with the handsome count of St-Paul. To escape from the duke, she organized her own kidnapping and marry the count. Her mother disowned and disinherited her and Anne died in a convent…


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