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Susan Abernethy’s rich post on the history of Chateau de Langeais, site of Anne of Brittany’s wedding to Charles VIII on Dec. 6, 1491.

The Freelance History Writer

The Château of Langeais (Photo copyright of The Freelance History Writer) The Château of Langeais (Photo copyright of The Freelance History Writer)

There are many beautiful and historic château in the Loire Valley of France and I was lucky enough to visit a few of them on my recent trip. Each of them has an interesting history and their own unique attraction. Let’s take a look at the history of the Château of Langeais.

Langeais has a history that spans over one thousand years and can be separated into two phases. Towards the end of the tenth century, two powerful men, Foulques III Nerra (the Black), Count of Anjou and Eudes I, Count of Blois fought over the Touraine region of France. Foulques managed to conquer the area known as Langeais which was situated between Tours and Saumur. On a promontory overlooking the Loire River, he initially built a wooden structure in the motte-and-bailey form.

The land where the castle stood…

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