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July 17th, 2010
Pouzauges 850182 85700
The Vendée Pays de la Loire
46,783 -0,838 168 m

The keep, Pouzauges

One view.
Other view.

The castle of Pouzauges of the 12th century, belonged to GILLE de RAIS or Retz, which never lived there, by its marriage with Catherine de Thouars.
The keep 25 meters height, is one of the douzes towers which the castle of Pouzauges had. Historic building.

GILLES DE RAIS, known as "Barbe-Bleue", sulfurous personage, was born in 1404 in Machecoul in country from Retz. It was important, owner of an immense fortune and inheritance, inter alia brought by his wife Catherine de Thouars. Connected to the French royal family and ducal dynasty of Brittany, great nephew of the constable Bertrand du Guesclin, 1320-1380, it took a significant part in the Hundred Years'War, 1337-1453, the side of Jeanne d'Arc, 1412-1431. He had many military successes and knew glory.
It is much more known for its exactions. With complicities, it practised alchemy, the magic, the sorcery and well of other pleasant entertainments like the depravity, the vice, the kidnapping and abuse of children whom they made dead in a number in terrible maltreatments and tortures, 140 known and it would have acknowledged of them 800 under torture.
Decree, it is judged. Its lawsuit open in Nantes on October 8, 1440, finishes on October 25 by the judgment, with its accomplices, with being hung and being burned the day after.

POUZAUGES is a french commune, located in the department of the Vendée of the area of the Pays de la Loire, populated of 5385 Pouzaugeais in 1999, distributed out of 37 km², that is to say 147 hab./km².

The city is located on the Puy Crapaud, a 285 meters height hill, in the Vendean bocage.
Pouzauges is called Queen of the High Bocage.
The district of the Vieux Pouzauges, Old Pouzauges developed around its Notre-Dame church, during the Middle Ages.

My images of Pouzauges.

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