Refiner’s Fire, Book 6 of my American Patriot Series, is partially set in 18th century France. While writing it, I did some research on French châteaux, among other things. I discovered that word château has a wider meaning than the English word castle; forts, palaces, mansions, and even vineyards can be included in this category. But for my purposes I focused on actual castles and palaces.
For me there’s nothing more picturesque and romantic than a castle. And there’s a seemingly endless supply of these richly historic structures in France since many of Europe’s medieval wars were fought in that country. So in my next few posts, we’re going to take a look at several well-known French castles and palaces. Today we’ll focus on the famous Cité de Carcassonne.
Cité de Carcassonne
|Cité de Carcassonne|
Carcassonne was demilitarized under Napoleon and the Restoration. The fortified cité fell into such disrepair that the French government decided to demolish it. The decree caused an uproar and led to a campaign to preserve the fortress as a historical monument.
|Drawing of Carcassonne. 1462|
I hope you enjoyed learning about this outstanding fortress city. Join me next month as I delve into more French historical chateaux!
Do you find castles romantic and fascinating too? Please share what appeals the most to you about these amazing fortresses! Is it the structure itself? The historical or social context? The people who inhabited them and how they lived within these strongholds? Something else?
~~~J. M. Hochstetler is the daughter of Mennonite farmers and a lifelong student of history. She is a professional editor, a publisher, and the author of award-winning historical fiction whose books have been endorsed by bestselling authors such as Lori Benton, Laura Frantz, Jocelyn Green, Michelle Moran, and MaryLu Tyndal. Her American Patriot Series is the only comprehensive historical fiction series on the American Revolution. She is also the author of One Holy Night, which won the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year, and co-authored the award-winning Northkill Amish Series with Bob Hostetler. Her latest release is Refiner’s Fire, Book 6 of the American Patriot Series.