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29 July 2016 @ 09:45 pm
The castle of Bussy-Rabutin (Burgundy, France)  
The original castle of Bussy was built in 12th century, but the place was reconstructed and modernized many times.
In 1520, the surrounding wall is knocked down to create delicate Renaissance galleries in the courtyard, and in 1649, the new front of the castle is finished by the new owners of the place, the family of Rabutin - now de Bussy-Rabutin.

The count Roger de Bussy-Rabutin (cousin and frequent correspondent of Mme de Sévigné) is the most famous and most interesting owner of the place.
As a soldier, he served under Condé and Turenne in service of young Louis XIV, but his militar career was disrupted by his propensity to satire and libertinism.
For easter 1659, he celebrates the Holy Week by an orgy in one of his castles (I love this guy), and is sent in exile in his lands of Burgundy.
There, for his mistress entertainment, he writes the Histoire Amoureuse des Gaules, a satire novel inspired by Petronius, in which it's not very difficult to recognize, under assumed names, the highest personalities of the kingdom (and Louis XIV himself).
Writen for close friends, the text is not supposed to be published, but a jealous marquise manages to get a copy of it : the novel is printed, and distributed at court, with an improvised sequel that makes the satire more offensive.
The king is not amused.
In 1665, count Roger is arrested, jailed in the Bastille for one year, and then exiled one more time in Burgundy.
That's when he begins to redecorate the insides of Bussy-Rabutin castle, commissioning hundreds of paintings to reconstruct all he has lost on his walls. The castles, gardens and great buildings of the kingdom, portraits of militar personalities of the time, portraits of courtesans, members of the royal family, friends... and a serie of symbolic mottos and designs to remind his story.

Here he is...

And his dear cousin, Mme de Sévigné :

After the Bussy-Rabutin family, the castle has quite many owners.
The 19th century apartments, from the time of the count de Sarcus, are lovely :

Bought by French State in 1929, the castle is now a "National Monument", that can be visited all year long.

Ms. Antimacassar: Tangled - I want a Castlemsantimacassar on July 30th, 2016 05:59 am (UTC)
Oh, gorgeous! And what an amusing history as well! The count was certainly an interesting personality... I love that all those portraits have been preserved! Thank you for sharing :)
Gilda Elise: Misc-Arundel Castlegilda_elise on July 30th, 2016 11:03 am (UTC)
What a lovely place. And such an interesting history! The count must have been some guy. *g* Thanks for the tour!
☆theidolhands on July 30th, 2016 01:41 pm (UTC)
Terrific post and photos!!
Morriganmorrigan716 on July 31st, 2016 03:50 pm (UTC)
kizzikatkizzikat on August 1st, 2016 09:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, you can see a few Musketeers running around there with drawn swords! Thanks for sharing!
kittenkilldare on August 29th, 2016 09:41 am (UTC)
The story of Roger de Bussy-Rabutin reminds me of the Johnny Depp movie The Libertine. Similar personality, but it's based on an English earl. (Sadly, the movie was not very good.)

Edited at 2016-08-29 09:42 am (UTC)