March 7, 2012

Chinon Castle

Chinon is a word I had heard a long time ago in a history class but I wasn't listening too closely so never really took in its significance. Such is the ignorance of youth! Well, a good few years on and I am delighted to be able to say from first hand experience that Chinon is a fabulous place and well worth a visit.

Chinon Castle is of course the focal point of any visit to Chinon and a must-see for anyone travelling to or through the Loire Valley. When you walk in the grounds of the fortress you are literally walking in the footsteps of some of the greatest figures in European medieval history ....

King Henry II of England

Eleanor Of Aquitaine (Henry's wife)

Richard The Lionheart (their son)

King John I of England (Richard's brother)

Charles VII (Dauphin of France)

Joan Of Arc (who paid hommage to the Dauphin at Chinon)

Here is a superb audio/visual presentation of Chinon Castle in High Definition for those who haven't had the pleasure of visiting the place .... and even if you have been there, you'll still want to watch this. Wonderful imagery and music. A medieval history fan's dream!