Château de Courcy
The Château de Courcy is a ruined castle in the commune of Courcy in the south of the Calvados département of France. The edifice, typical of 12th-13th century military architecture, is in danger due to the lack of protective measures, even since being added to the monument historique inventory by the French Ministry of Culture in 1975.
- 1091 : The castle, belonging to Richard de Courcy, was besieged by Robert Curthose or Courteheuse.
- At the start of the 17th century, it was demolished by order of Richelieu and, losing all military function, slowly became an agricultural enterprise.
In 1975, the remaining parts of the former castle including the gate on the road from Tôtes and the gateway to the second enceinte were protected by being added to the supplementary inventory of historical monuments. In spite of this protection, the condition of the site has continued to deteriorate.
Successive owners of the property
- Baudric le Teuton obtained the Courcy land by homage to Richard II, Duke of Normandy.
- Robert de Courcy
The first castle in Courcy was probably built of earth and wood.
The structure of the fortification was conceived as a succession of three enceintes (one surrounding the village, another around the lower court and the last constituting the heart of the fortress): only the last remains.
Elsewhere in the enceinte are the remains of the Saint Catherine chapel, datable to the 12th century but having been greatly remodelled in the 15th-16th centuries.
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- Ministry of culture listing for Château de Courcy (in French)
- Ministry of Culture photo
- "Le château de Courcy" (PDF). (1.90 MB), Service Départemental d'Archoléogie du Calvados, 1997
- Aerial photograph of the castle
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