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Chateau Puivert

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Chateau Puivert
 
It's name meaning green peak this was another 12th century fortress with Cathar links.
 

 
The wife of the Lord Bernard de Congost, Alpais, became a Parfait in 1208 and the castle was attacked by Simon de Montfort and his troops in 1210.  It surrendered after three days of siege, though the family continued the fight on.  Bernard finally died having embraced the Cathar faith at Montsegur in 1232.
 

 
Bernard's son was among the raiding party who killed the Inquisitors in Avignonet in 1242.  He also fought in the defence on Montsegur.
 
In 1213 the castle given to one of de Montfort's commanders.
 
The present structure was built around 1310.  The building has a number of interesting architectural features and was long associated with troubadours.

 

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