Today's adventure was a visit to Gavaudun (after a short stop at the Monpazier brocante). We have stopped off at this rather impressive site a few times before but this was our first proper visit.Gavaudun is situated in a beautiful valley of the river Lède and the views from the top of the Donjon are amazing.
|Brief History||Google Map showing location of Gavaudun|
The castle was first built during the 11th century. In the 12th century it was occupied by "heretics" escaping religious persecution. In 1165 the Bishop of Périgueux ordered the castle besieged and after the demise of these non-conformists, he ordered the castle be levelled.
It was subsequently rebuilt in the 13th century and it was of great strategic importance during the Hundred Year's War where it played a key role in the French victory against the English occupation.
The information I read claimed that "it helped to end the English occupation of Aquitaine" - I think that is misinformed because by my reckoning the English occupation is still continuing to this day:)