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Le château des Ducs d'Epernon à Cadillac - France

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Le château est construit dans la ville du même nom sur la demande de Jean-Louis de Nogaret de la Valette (1554-1642), fait premier duc d'Épernon. Il incarne la toute-puissance de ce cadet de Gascogne, devenu l'un des mignons du roi Henri III, amassant honneurs et richesses avant de mourir en disgrâce sous le règne de Louis XIII.

Le cabinet de travail du duc est familièrement appelé « la moutarde » par les domestiques, tant sont craintes ses sautes d'humeur.

Pour le bâtir, une partie de la ville fortifiée est rasée. Il est un témoin de la fin de la Renaissance et annonce déjà le classicisme du XVIIe siècle. À l'origine, le château et deux ailes entourent une cour sur trois côtés. Une des ailes est démontée au XVIIIe siècle et ses pierres vendues.

Saisi pendant la Révolution française, il sert de prison au XIXe siècle, puis d'hôpital psychiatrique avant d'être désaffecté suite à un incendie.

(Source : Wikipedia)

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Château_de_Cadillac

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French history goes back to the Gauls, a Celtic tribe which inhabited the area circa 300BC until being conquered by Julius Caesar.

The Franks were the first tribe to adopt Catholic Christianity after the Roman Empire collapsed. France became an independent location in the Treaty of Verdun in (843 AD), which divided up Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire into several portions.

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During the period of colonization France controlled the largest empire in the world, second only to Britain.

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Text by Steve Smith.

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