2005 - In the 80-ties and 90-ties we often spent a holiday or a long weekend in the
Two years later, in 1846, he wrote ‘La Dame de Monsoreau’. We came across this notorious beauty in 2005, when we visited the Château de Montsoreau (no, this isn’t a typing error: the Château is written ‘Montsoreau’ – with a ‘t’, while the lovely lady’s name is ‘Monsoreau’ – without a ‘t’).
You’ll find the Château on the Quai Alexandre Dumas on the road that runs from Candes Saint-Martin to Saumur. It almost literally ‘sits’ in the water. Long before the road and quays were built the
Montsoreau castle seen from across the Loire River.
One of the most remarkable architectural features of the castle is the way in which it creates a link between the Middle Ages and ‘modern’ times. The austere North side was clearly built and meant to be a feudal fortress, while the southern façade with his delicate renaissance characteristics is far more attractive and inviting.
Don’t expect to find four-poster beds in which the French kings or their wives and mistresses slept, nor trunks, chairs, old chamber pots or other so-called authentic objects. Sitting on the River banks the castle has always been closely associated with life in and on the water The permanent exhibition is therefore completely dedicated to the
From the top of the main tower you have a splendid view over the
And then of course there is ‘La Dame de Monsoreau’ herself. Her fictional story, based on real characters living in 16-17the century, is told and brought to life by her creator, Alexandre Dumas, in one of the rooms on the ground floor. It’s all about the love life and related intrigues of Françoise de Maridor, or Diane de Méridor as the main character is called in the book, her husband Charles de Chambes and her lover Louis Bussy d’Amboise.
Diane or Françoise – whichever you prefer - was renowned for her exceptional beauty, while her husband Charles was not exactly what you would call a knockout. As a direct descendant of Jean de Chambes, the man who built Montsoreau castle in the 15the century and who was one of King Charles VII’s advisors, he was, however, held in very high esteem by his contemporaries … You want to know the whole story?
In that case you can either read the novel, visit the Château de Montsoreau or watch the brand new television film that will be broadcasted by France2 on August 26 and 27 at (That’s if you live in
I'll certainly be watching it. Will you?