Assault and Battery . . . NOT!

In fact the survival of this castle is a bit of a miracle.  During the Religious Wars of the 1500's its lords fell under the Protestant banner.  The castle was thus safe when Henri IV declared religious freedom.  Soon, however, Richelieu set out to dismantle all Protestant strongholds.  By this time the lord of Talmont was a staunch Catholic and accepted to bring the wall down -- for a sum.  Richelieu agreed and the outside walls came down.  The money never came, however, and the lord never finished the job.

No one is happier by this turn of affairs than our 2001 Vendéens, who here have given up the assault and have laid simple siege in the café just across from King Richard's impregnable fortress.

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