Taillevent, a chef in Gombervaux castle and his royal feast

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Gombervaux castle Castle Festivities Charles V

Some said that Gombervaux was emperor Charlemagne’s estate, where he went hunting... well, we don’t know! But one thing is sure: famous royal cook Guillaume Tirel, nicknamed Taillevent, cooked a real feast for king Charles V, when he visited the castle in 1367!

Constables Olivier de Clisson and Bertrand Du Guesclin were here too. Yes, they had a feast here, when they came to sign the treaty of Vaucouleurs with dukes of Lorraine and of Bar! They served 5 sittings, each one composed of several meals: venaison de sanglier en souppes (soup of boar), sabourot de poussins (a meal made with poultries), darioles de cresme fricts (kind of cream cake)...


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