Castle, French Heritage monument to Joyeuse
The castle of Merry, inhabited in turn by the lords of the house of Anduze, by those of the house of Ch?teauneuf-Randon and Merry, and by those finally of the house of Lorraine, is the property of the city today. Deprived of its turns, its crenels and its bastions, this castle presents nothing any more but one vast square building below which the town of Merry extends carefree and happy.
In this castle the most eminent members of the family of Merry lived. One of them even, Guillaume, Viscount of Merry, who was initially intended at the state ecclesiastical, and appointed bishop of Aleth before being entered the orders, and which, become head of the household after the death of her older brother, left this career to follow that of the weapons, and was successively created lieutenant-general and Marshal of France, had been born there in the first years from XVIe century.
A former biographer, little consulted and little known, still ensures that the two oldest sons of the precedent, Anne of Merry, too the famous nice one of the king Henri III, and his brother, Fran?ois de Joyeuse, cardinal, archbishop, president of the assembly of the clergy in 1605, which conceived the idea of the c?nal of Languedoc, imposing idea and fertilizes realized so fortunately later by the genius of Riquet, were also born in this castle, one in 1561, and the other in 1562. But this fact, of which this biographer does not report the authentic proof, should be accepted only with one extreme distrust.
The files of the duchy of Merry, so rich in original titles and rare manuscripts, would undoubtedly have fixed us on this fact, if they had not been burned in entirety at the time of the French revolution.
Source: Memories of Ardeche By Ovide de Valgorge in 1846.
Crédit photo : alain07 (Castle, joyeuse)
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