Les Châteaux de la Loire, No. 2

Title: Les Châteaux de la Loire, No. 2
Translated Title: 
The Castles of the Loire Valley, No. 2
The Castle of Cheverny, surrounded by a gigantic park, is a great example of the home of a lord from the time of Louis XIII. The Count of Cheverny, the son of Philippe of Hurault, initiated the construction of this castle in 1634. The Castle of Amboise, which was for a very long time the state prison, is known for being the site of horrific massacres under François II. The Castle of Villesavin was built in 1537 by Le Breton, lord of Villandry and Secretary of Finance under François I. The Castle of Moulin was constructed in 1480 by Pierre du Moulin, who saved the life of Charles VIII at the Battle of Fornoue. The original plan was created by Jacques de Persigny. The castle itself is surrounded by drawbridges and defense towers of the 15th century. The Castle of Maintenon was bought by Louis XIV in 1674 for Françoise d'Aubigné. It was constructed by Jean Cottereau, Treasurer of Finances under kings Louis XI, Charles VIII, Louis XII, and François I. Madame de Maintenon, when her niece married, offered this castle as a gift to the Duc of Ayen, son of the Marshall of Noailles.
Series Title: 
Les Châteaux de la Loire
Translated Series Title: 
The Castles of the Loire Valley
Series Subtitle: 
The Castles of the Loire Valley