Château de Chapieu
Location: Lanuéjols, in the Lozere departement of France (Languedoc-Roussillon Region).
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Notes: Château de Chapieu is a castle located on Mount Mimat, municipality of Lanuéjols Lozère, France. It is now in ruins but easily accessible.Chapieu was one of the five commandments of the barony of Tournel whose main castle was located in the Lot valley. This is Aldebert III du Tournel, then bishop of Mende who would have built it, and for two reasons: to challenge the supremacy of his brother, Baron of Tournel, and protect the road between Mende and Villefort. This route allowed, indeed, joining the Regordane way. Aldebert appreciated only moderately pariers the actions of the Knights of the Guard Guerin, accused of robbing travelers instead of them with assistance. This castle Chapieu was therefore a starting point to monitor, and possibly counter an offensive pariers.In 1247 begins the "War Chapieu". Its owner, the Guigues Tournel, does not recognize the new bishop of Mende Odilon de Mercoeur. He thus refuses to meet his creditor. The bishop then seizes the castle with the help of the Lords of Anduze. It was not until 1254 that a peace treaty was signed with the lord of Tournel which can then retrieve the castle.Today the Castle is on path, but the few remaining ruins are overgrown.
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