With its pale stone and sloping black roofs, Château de Chaumont rises above the the bald hill from which it derives its name (chauve mont meaning “bald hill”). Like most châteaux in the Loire Valley, the beautiful Chaumont was entangled in intrigue, revenge, and rivalries.
A Brief History
Château de Chaumont was initially built as a defense fortress during the 10th century by Eudes I, Count of Blois, to keep watch over the border between the counties of Blois and Anjou. In 1455, King Louis XI burned down the castle in retaliation for its owner’s involvement –Pierre of Amboise– in the anti-Royal revolt known as the ‘Ligue du bien public’. Château de Chaumont remained in the Amboise family for almost 500 years, but it was Charles I of Amboise –Pierre’s son– who rebuilt it and turned it into the beautifully ornate château that you see today. Continue Reading