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French château living : the Château du Lude / text, Barbara de Nicolaÿ and Christine Toulier with the assistance of Christiane de Nicolaÿ-Mazery ; photography, Eric Sander.

By: Nicolaÿ, Barbara de.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Paris, France : Flammarion, [2017]Copyright date: ©2017Description: 261 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 32 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 208020310X; 9782080203106.Subject(s): Château du Lude (Le Lude, France) -- Pictorial works | Country homes -- France -- Le Lude -- Pictorial works | Castles -- France -- Le Lude -- Pictorial works
Contents:
The Château du Lude: a thousand years of history -- The Fortress of Anjou (Thirteenth-Fifteenth Centuries) -- The Angel of Le Lude -- The Château under the de Daillon Family, from Earldom to Dukedom (1457-1685) -- Duvelaër of the East India Company and his Descendants (1750-1810) -- The Talhouët-Roy Family at Le Lude: New Vistas for the Château (1810-1948) -- The Nicolaÿ Family at Le Lude (1948 to the present day) -- Life at le Lude -- The gardens: A renaissance -- The Gardens at Le Lude -- The Prix Pierre-Joseph Redouté: A Tribute to Books about Gardens.
Summary: "Enchanting châteaux famously dot France's Loire Valley and beckon visitors with their charm and history. The northernmost is the Château du Lude-a medieval fortress set between crenelated towers. But Le Lude's glorious history did not come to a halt in the Middle Ages; five centuries have shaped this castle, forging it as a symbol of the power of its occupants and the grandeur of France. Passed clown through successive generations of devoted owners, the Château du Lude is one of the few French châteaux still inhabited by its historie family today. The splendid estate welcomes visitors and reveals the numerous treasures held within its venerable walls: from vestiges of the medieval moats and an exquisite Renaissance studiolo, to the Duke de Bouillon's library and portraits by the great nineteenth-century masters. In Le Lude's sumptuous gardens, the passage of Lime is marked by the fruit and vegetable harvests, the seasonal flowering of the parterres, and the annual garden festival and Pierre-Joseph Redouté literary prize. Barbara de Nicolay's family has maintained ownership of the château for more than two 'hundred years, and in this volume-richly illustrated with newly commissioned photography by Eric Sander-she recounts the history, legacy, and a very French art of living at the Château du Lude."--Page 4 of cover.
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Providing intimate insight into life in a French château, this volume takes readers on an insider's tour of the Château du Lude, a private residence that features its original decorative interiors.

Nestled in the idyllic Loire Valley, the Château du Lude is one of the most historic châteaus in France; Bluebeard besieged the castle on his way to join Joan of Arc's crusade, and it earned the rare distinction of having survived the French Revolution intact. Today, the Lude is inhabited and impeccably maintained by the Count and Countess Louis-Jean de Nicolay, whose family has owned the property for over 250 years. They invite readers to discover the château's well-preserved interiors and gardens, which feature a medieval kitchen, an Italian Renaissance studiolo, and exceptional horse stables, offering a glimpse into the lifestyle of the château's inhabitants, past and present. Newly commissioned photographs offer unprecedented access into the hidden corners of the estate otherwise closed to the general public.

Simultaneously published in French as: 'L'esprit de château, le Lude'.

Includes bibliographical references.

1. The Château du Lude: a thousand years of history -- The Fortress of Anjou (Thirteenth-Fifteenth Centuries) -- The Angel of Le Lude -- The Château under the de Daillon Family, from Earldom to Dukedom (1457-1685) -- Duvelaër of the East India Company and his Descendants (1750-1810) -- The Talhouët-Roy Family at Le Lude: New Vistas for the Château (1810-1948) -- The Nicolaÿ Family at Le Lude (1948 to the present day) -- 2. Life at le Lude -- 3. The gardens: A renaissance -- The Gardens at Le Lude -- The Prix Pierre-Joseph Redouté: A Tribute to Books about Gardens.

"Enchanting châteaux famously dot France's Loire Valley and beckon visitors with their charm and history. The northernmost is the Château du Lude-a medieval fortress set between crenelated towers. But Le Lude's glorious history did not come to a halt in the Middle Ages; five centuries have shaped this castle, forging it as a symbol of the power of its occupants and the grandeur of France. Passed clown through successive generations of devoted owners, the Château du Lude is one of the few French châteaux still inhabited by its historie family today. The splendid estate welcomes visitors and reveals the numerous treasures held within its venerable walls: from vestiges of the medieval moats and an exquisite Renaissance studiolo, to the Duke de Bouillon's library and portraits by the great nineteenth-century masters. In Le Lude's sumptuous gardens, the passage of Lime is marked by the fruit and vegetable harvests, the seasonal flowering of the parterres, and the annual garden festival and Pierre-Joseph Redouté literary prize. Barbara de Nicolay's family has maintained ownership of the château for more than two 'hundred years, and in this volume-richly illustrated with newly commissioned photography by Eric Sander-she recounts the history, legacy, and a very French art of living at the Château du Lude."--Page 4 of cover.