|Amboise is one of the most beautiful and historic sites in France. Wrested from the infamous King John by Philippe-Auguste in 1214, some two hundred years later, at the darkest hour of the Hundred Years War, Amboise and a few other fortresses in the Loire Valley were all that was left to the hapless Charles VII, who viewed his stay here as a sort of exile. It was an exile that changed the French court, however. His son Louis XI would begin the first modest steps toward converting this site from a medieval fortress to a Renaissance palace of pleasure.|
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