Catherine De'Medici

Château de Chenonceau – The White Queen’s Refuge

The current château de Chenonceau was built between 1514 and 1522 and replaced a medieval castle. It was built by Thomas Bohier, Chamberlain to King Charles VIII of France. In 1535, the château was seized from Bohier’s son by King Francis I of France for unpaid debts. His son, King Henry II, gave the château to his mistress Diane de Poitiers. Diane created [read more]

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Château Villandry – A right royal visit

Villandry is perhaps the least royalty related in this series about my trip to France. Before the current château was built there stood a fortress on this site where the Paix de Colombier was signed in 1189. The current château was built in 1536 by Jean le Breton, who was a finance minister under King [read more]