Château du Plessis-Bourré
Château du Plessis-Bourré is a château in the Loire Valley in France, situated in the commune of Écuillé in the Maine-et-Loire department. Built in less than 5 years from 1468 to 1472 by Finance Minister Jean Bourré, the principal advisor to King Louis XI. The château has not been modified externally since its construction and still has a fully working drawbridge. It was classified as a Monument historique in 1931.
The château was purchased in 1911 by Henry Vaïsse who, when he died in 1956, bequeathed it to his nephew, François Reille-Soult, Duke of Dalmatie, descendant of the marshals of the French empire Soult, Reille and Massena.
In 1978, Antoinette de Ferrieres de Sauvebeuf, born de Croix, gran daughter of Duke of Dalmatie and her spouse Bruno de Ferrieres de Sauvebeuf, ake the responsibility of heading the renovation and maintenance of the Castle until 2009. They will live with their three kids - Victor (1976), Matthias (1978) and Jean-Baptiste(1980) - 31 years in the Chateau, which makes it the longest stay of one single family since 1473. Since 2010, it is inhabited by descendants of François Reille-Soult of Dalmatie and managed by Aymeric d'Anthenaise and Jean-François Reille-Soult de Dalmatie.
The Château du Plessis-Bourré has been the location setting for numerous films, including:
- Peau d'Âne (1970) by Jacques Demy
- Louis XI by J.C. Lubtchansky
- Jeanne d'Arc (1989 telefilm) by Pierre Badel
- Le Bossu (1997) by Philippe de Broca
- Fanfan la Tulipe (2003) by Gérard Krawczyk
- La Reine et le Cardinal (telefilm)
- The Princess of Montpensier (2009) by Bertrand Tavernier
- Louis XI, Le Pouvoir Fracassé (2010) by Henri Helman with Jacques Perrin
- Château du Plessis-Bourré - official site
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