This big and austere fortress emerging from the woods was put up in 1315. Why in this particular place? Because the French and people from Savoie fought tooth and nail, on the frontier of Dauphiné.
So the dauphin de La Tour du Pin raised a castle to stop stranger raids from entering. Conquered by count of Savoie Amédée in 1335, les Allymes then fell to the Lucinge family: whoa, what a family! Let’s meet the son, the famous humanist and diplomat, and the father, a fiery guy!
The legend says that a kind of Bluebeard used to live in the castle… yes, he was called Charles de Lucinge! Charles wasn’t an easy person. He always rebelled against his king, François I, and quarrelled with everyone.
But he had troubles, you see. Troubles with his wife, Péronne de Beauvoir. Yeah: gossips said everywhere that the lady had plenty of lovers, and that Charles’ henchmen killed them all… They even said he killed one of his domestic!
Whoa, Charles, calm down! Or just re-marry? That was what he did with a second wedding in 1550, with Anne de Lyobard: the mother of his future son René de Lucinge… more peaceful than his father!
The story began like this: one day Charles was coming back to town with friends (a squire and his barber), one of them started to tell that the barber was Péronne’s lover. He even caught them in the same bed!
Charles, with a very dark expression on his face, questioned the barber:
“So, what’s the matter?”
“Well, nothing, it wasn’t me.”
Yes, he denied it, of course… at first, then he finally admitted.
“OK, all right: I’m your wife’s lover!”
The barber tried to apologize, in vain. Then Charles’ brother, Philibert, started to chase him, and decided to kill him! Few months later, you know what? One of Charles’ friend had a love affair with Péronne! Philibert had killed the barber, yes, so the way was clear! Err, almost clear. Because this friend saw how the barber ended. So, he took precautions! He poisoned the poultry Charles would eat, one night, in the castle of les Allymes.
But Charles and his brother suspected something… so Philibert decided to strangle the boor with his own hands. After all that, Charles forced his wife to write a letter, in which she explained that she gave him all her money, if she died… and Péronne died.