The remote hill village of Brissac in the Languedoc region of Southern France, once the heartland of the troubadour civilization, is dominated by a castle dating to the eleventh century. (Not to be confused with the castle-less hamlet of Brissac in the Gard, nor the far grander Château de Brissac in the Loire Valley, home of the thirteenth duc de Brissac — this is just a coincidence of names.) The family which built the castle at Brissac in Languedoc, cousins of the Emperor Charlemagne, also founded one of the chief cities of the South of France. Throughout the Middle Ages they were to play a leading role in the turbulent history of the region.
This 36-page booklet surveys the medieval history of Brissac and its masters (and mistresses), from its links with the Holy Grail legend, to the wars over Cathar heresy which led to the downfall of the Languedoc as an independent civilization, and beyond.
Copies of the booklet can be purchased for €7.50 (plus postage) directly from the owner,by using the contact details on the 'Contact Us' page.