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enchanting ruined castle with its moat is a picture to behold,
nestling as it does just outside the quiet village of Commequiers. This
was once the home of medieval Lords who ruled this part of the bocage,
of what was then, Bas Poitou.
Built in the second half of the 15th & 16th century by Louis de
Beaumont, the castle now belongs to the local authority. It was like
most castles in the Vendée demolished on the orders of Cardinal
Richelieu in 1628 and the regular breaches in its walls are evidence to
its systematic destruction. It was at the time owned by the Tremoille
Family, protestant nobles who also owned the Ile de Noirmoutier.
It is octagonal in shape having 8 equally spaced towers with solid walls
connecting them. The castle was built on the site of an 11th century
castle which was built by the Viscount of Thousars who controlled the
whole of the north of the Vendée region.
Throughout this medieval period the lords of Commequiers exercised their
judical and administrative influence over a very large territory, the
Barony provided high, middle and low justice and extended over the
parishes of Commequiers, Soullans, St. Christophe-de-Ligneron, Mach and
le Perrier and other smaller chateaux came under their jurisdiction
including Mothe, Fouquerand, Soullandeau, la Moriniere, la Verre, Verger
The Barony was always transferred by inheritance or marriage, but was
sold for the first time in 1627 by Martin-du-Bellay to
Phillip-du-Tremoille and was passed down through the family to his
granddaughter Marie-Anne. It then went to Paul Sigismond de Montmorency
whose grandson sold the castle in 1780 to the family of J.Charles Leroux
du Ridelieres an alderman and merchant from Nantes who was to be the
last Lord of Commequiers.
Through out the summer season medieval shows and spectaculars are held here.
The Medieval Sunday is on 1st weekend in August. Don't miss this great show.
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Firework display 13th July 2012
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