D'Albon-Lustrac couple in Tournoël castle

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Tournoel castle Castle Adultery Marguerite de Lustrac Jacques d'Albon

A too beautiful wedding

And here was Jean d’Albon who married Charlotte de La Roche in 1510. The wedding took place in the castle and drew all the local upper crust.

But Jean, governor of Lyonnais and Bourbonnais, spent few times in his castle! They had a son, Jacques, who fortunately stood out in the royal Court: yes, he was raised with the son of king François I, the future Henri II! In 1547, Jacques became king’s gentleman, governor and general lieutenant of Forez, Beaujolais and Bourbonnais… and finally marshal of France!

3 years later, he married one of the richest lady of that time, Marguerite de Lustrac. Do you remember? We met her in the castle of Gavaudun! An unhappy marriage for both of them, with a very unfaithful husband…

Luxury, meat and et good food

And yet our marshal was handsome, proud and so on… De Thou wrote about him: “He adored luxury and pleasures, he lived in the reign of Henri II at the expense of the French State.” Brantôme added: “He had pretty rare furniture, better than in the king’s court. He made great diners, with lots of sweets, delicate meats”…

Marguerite... of the misfortune

What about Marguerite? She was the prettiest lady, nicknamed the “Sweetest Marguerite” in a poem by Du Bellay. The “marshal’s wife” as they called her became a widow when her husband was killed at war. She took another husband, a lesser brilliant man (to know more about him, see the article about the castle of Gavaudun)… and gossips said she poisoned her daughter, Catherine d’Albon, died in the convent of Longchamp at the age of 18…

Why? To inherit her daughter’s possessions, the marshal’s only daughter! Because Marguerite wanted to marry the prince of Condé, Louis I of Bourbon. A noble prince, is that all? She was completely in love with him, and even changed religion (he was Protestant) for him. But a gossip said that she killed her daughter… the prince heard about that, and ran away from her.


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