Our routines are now well established: Wednesday = no school = mini-adventure.
We presented the kids with quite a few options.. all they wanted to do was visit more castles. Which is just as well as we still have quite a few to get through. So we headed north, 20Kms, to Castelnaud Castle, which overlooks the Dordogne river within sight of its arch rival Beynac Castle (the subject of a previous blog).
In 1442, tired of the English hold on Castelnaud, the King of France ordered the town put under siege. The siege lasted three weeks. The English commander ended it by giving the keys to the castle and 400 crowns for his life. Thus the English were finally driven from Castelnaud. They left French soil after the battle of Castillon (1452) which marked the end of the Hundred Year's War.
In around 1520 an artillery tower was added to the castle but by then castles had lost their military significance. It is still a pretty cool feature though.
We had a good look around and left not long before closing time. I found it very interesting to see how the castle had been altered as a result of the introduction of gunpowder/artillery.
All up we had a really good inexpensive day. There were many more pictures of the castle as this entry is already quite large I'll sign off here and head off to bed.