Photographer's Note

A very old Estate in Poitou, Genay came into the hands of the Ranon family in the 11th century. Geoffrey IV elected to side with the King of France when the Acquitain and Poitevin Lords revolted in 1241-1242. He took advantage of Royal largesse to rebuild nine of his castles including the one at Genay. Genay took a major part in the 100 Hundred Years war but despite a number of sieges was never destroyed. It went into ruin only in the 19th century.

The 13th Century fortress was strategically built on a rocky cliff overlooking the Belle and Cloure Rivers which proved to be an ideal, naturally defensive location. The castle is a prime example of medieval architecture where everything is arranged for defence and attack. With its small fortified castle at the entrance to the main chteau, curtain walls, and towers, the chteau made full use of the natural defences and was virtually impregnable. Recently rebuilt, the drawbridge seen here once again connects the town to its the fortifications.

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Additional Photos by Stephen Nunney (snunney) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10649 W: 63 N: 29870] (130965)
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