Siege

Château-Gaillard - ©Andy Hay / CC-BY Château-Gaillard - ©Andy Hay / CC-BY

September 1203. King Philippe Auguste had enough: he wanted to besiege Château-Gaillard castle and to recapture the place to expel the English. Well, it won’t be easy: a 4 months siege would begin...

Battle of Taillebourg - ©Légendes Lorraines / Public domain Battle of Taillebourg - ©Légendes Lorraines / Public domain

Next to the castle took place the famous battle of Taillebourg, in 1242. Do you remember the arrogant count Hugues de Lusignan’s rebellion, in the palace of Poitiers? At that time, the king of...

The façade - ©Jordiferrer / CC-BY-SA The façade - ©Jordiferrer / CC-BY-SA

Little stories... Eleanor, Henri and Company The Gothic cathedral of Saint-Pierre of Poitiers was raised in 840 on the foundations of the old church of Saint-Hilaire. A fire destroyed everything in...

The keep - ©Sanao / Public domain The keep - ©Sanao / Public domain

Foulques in Moncontour The keep was raised in 1040 by Fulk Nerra (Foulques in French), the famous builder count of Anjou. Here, this tower looks like every keep Fulk raised in France.Two Bretons...

The castle - ©Danièle de Sagnabous / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©Danièle de Sagnabous / CC-BY-SA

Astorg d’Aurillac, troubadour Astorg, born in Conros In 1130, Astorg I d’Aurillac (the legend says his ancestor was saint Géraud’s sister, who founded the city of Aurillac in the 10th c.) raised a...

The cenotaph - ©Ludovic Péron / CC-BY-SA The cenotaph - ©Ludovic Péron / CC-BY-SA

The small museum Inside the city hall, the museum evokes famous Duguesclin’s striking events: objects, engravings, archives images (to see the castle as it was before its ruin), dummies…Bertrand...

The castle - ©Neaeris / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©Neaeris / CC-BY-SA

Shoots in the night Nuits is mentioned since the Middle Ages. But the first lord who went down history was Pierre de Chenu: he get the land in 1533. We were in middle of the Renaissance era! His son...

The belfry - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The belfry - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

The city look-out post Here’s the belfry, symbol of the city mayors' power... We think it was raised by Guillaume Pellevoysin, architect from Bourges. We also known it as Saint-Jean's tower...

The ramparts - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The ramparts - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

Impressive! Mentioned since the 11th century, these fortifications were re-raised by king Philip Augustus and his successors, between the 12th and the 16th century. The king repaired the fortified...

Catherine - ©Myrabella / WikimediaCommons / CC-BY-SA Catherine - ©Myrabella / WikimediaCommons / CC-BY-SA

Catherine Ségurane is the Joan of Arc from Nice! The heroin of the siege suffered by the city in 1543, a terrible battle between Turkish and pirate Barbarossa, friends of François I, and the French...


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