Puilaurens' White Lady

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The White Lady tower - ©Guillaume Paumier / CC-BY-SA The White Lady tower - ©Guillaume Paumier / CC-BY-SA
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To the north of the fortress of Puilaurens, we can see the White Lady tower. Oh, it sounds like a ghost story! Yes: the Lady, here, was Blanche of Bourbon, king of France Philippe VI’s niece. You know? We already met her in the neighbouring castle of Peyrepertuse.

She stopped here in Puilaurens in 1353, while she was on her way to Spain, to marry her fiancé the king of Castile Pierre I. Later, her husband made her sweat blood: besides, his nickname was Pierre the Cruel! He locked her in jail in 1361. She was only 22… And since these days, the legend says that her ghost haunts the ruins of Puilaurens...


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