église romane médiévale de Montaigut en Combraille
Far over the misty mountains lies Montaigut
In the south entree of the site you see a proclamation of the visit that was brought by Eleonore d'Aquitaine her son Richard the Lionheart, then Count of Poitiers. After Henry II fell seriously ill in 1170, he put in place his plan to divide his kingdom, although he would retain overall authority over his sons and their territories. In 1171 Richard left for Aquitaine with his mother, and Henry II gave him the duchy of Aquitaine at the request of Eleanor.Richard and his mother embarked on a tour of Aquitaine in 1171 in an attempt to pacify the locals. Together they laid the foundation stone of St Augustine's Monastery in Limoges. In June 1172 Richard was formally recognised as the Duke of Aquitaine when he was granted the lance and banner emblems of his office; the ceremony took place in Poitiers and was repeated in Limoges, where he wore the ring of St Valerie, who was the personification of Aquitaine.
From the Medieval village of Montaigut-en-Combraille in the 11th century, Montaigut belonged to the bourbons, who granted a franchise charter to the inhabitants around 1230: the city was then managed by consuls and its defense was ensured by fortifications. The village grew on the slope, under the castle, but enclosed in walls. Travel takes place through narrow alleys and small passageways.
FROM SUROUNDING TOWNS
- 913 : Origin of the lordship of Montaigut
- 1160 : War between Archambault VI and the lord of Blot
- 1171 : Queen Eleanore of England Plantagenet and her son Richard the Lion Heart just resolve the conflict (Pacify the Locals)
- 1210 : Reconstruction of the castle by Guy de Dampierre
- 1238 : Death of Archambault VIII at the Battle of Cognac (lying at the Abbey of Bellaigues)
- 1440 : Visit of King Charles VII during the Praguerie (revolt against his reforms).
- 1633 : The castle was dismantled by order of Richelieu
- 1793 : Montaigut becomes Township
Dauphins of Auvergne
With the rivers, streams, waterfalls and pools, water is to be found wherever you look in the Combrailles, offering a paradise for those who enjoy fishing, bathing and water sports.
Whether you’re staying in a hotel, a B&B, a gîte or a campsite, you'll be dealing with accommodation providers and restaurant owners with a passion for their work and their region, all too happy to pass on their enthusiasm for the Combrailles area.
Fontevraud l'Abbaye the cathedral
Inside the church with the tombs of Richard Lionheart, Eleonare of Aquitaine, Henry II Plantagenet
At left, a 14th-century representation of the wedding of Louis and Eleanor; at right, Louis leaving on Crusade.
Henry II of England
The Court of Love in Poitiers
Revolt and capture
Years of imprisonment 1173–1189
Brasserie & Chambres d'Hôtes Les Roches
Pont de Menat, crossing la Sioule. France.
Gorges de la Sioule (Allier)
L'Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud
Pont de Menat (Puy-de-Dôme)