There is so much to love about Castelnau, especially its history!
Here are a few interesting facts about our home which you may find interesting:
1200 - Étienne Boileau, one of the first provosts of Paris and author of the Book of the Trades accompanied King Saint Louis during the crusades of the XII century. His statue is on the Hotel de Ville in Paris.
1500 - His descendants, ennobled by Charles V in 1371, took possession of the Viscount of Saint Felix of Castelnau Castle in 1500.
Since that time he has always belonged to the same family whose members have held high offices.
1685 - The revocation of the Edict of Nantes resulted in the departure of almost all of the family abroad, with the exception of Maurice Boileau de Castelnau who retains property and titles (son of Jacques)
1702 -During the period of the Camisard troubles, the castle served as a refuge for Pierre Laporte, called Rolland, leader of the Huguenots.
1704 - His death sounded the death knell of the wars of religion. A stela commemorates his death.
1745 -The family of Valfons headed by the Vicomte de Sebourg created Marquis de Valfons de la Calmette by Louis XV after the Battle of Fontenoy.
In 1836, the family of Valfons took possession of the castle by the marriage of Gabrielle Boileau of Castelnau with the Marquis of Valfons.
Their descendants are still owners of the Castle and live there.
In front of the castle's door with my cousin Chris Boileau de Castelnau direct descendant of Etienne Boileau! Who lives in Australia !
It's amazing to meet a member of my family whose ancestors had to immigrate more than several centuries ago to remain faithful to their beliefs during the wars of religion ...
If you want to learn more, just ask me, there are so many more stories to tell.