Groslot townhouse: Jérôme Groslot's murder and Troubadour style

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From 1530, the architect Jacques Androuet Ducerceau raised a house for Jerome Groslot, Orléans' bailiff and Protestant community's leader of the city. Du Cerceau only build the current central part of the building. For the record, Groslot let the Protestant troops overran the city in 1562, during the war of Religion. Poor guy! Catholics murdered him during the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre 10 years later...

But let's get back to the point! The building was bought by Orléans city, which settled in from 1790. Architect Delton restored it between 1850 and 1854: it's the current house, with the side wings and the stairway. Delton also made the inner decoration, in troubadour style. Nowadays, we can visit some rooms with lots of keepsakes: Joan of Arc, Aubusson's tapestries and period furniture...

By the way... do you know the troubadour style? What a funny name! It was a kind of fashion, during the 19th century. Pieces of art, furniture, paintings were inspired by a very idealize Middle-Ages. Joan of Arc, king saint Louis and others knights were represented. Well, a vision distanced from reality!