The torment of Talmont

Take a moment to learn about the turbulent history of this small town, coveted during the wars for its strategic location.

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    place de la priauté à Talmont
    Place de la Priauté (ancienne place d'armes de Talmont)
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    boulets de canon
    Boulets de canon dans le jardin du musée de Talmont
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    Le Prince de Condé
    Le Prince de Condé, (c) Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève/Gallica BNF

In 1293, Talmont escaped English rule and was reclaimed by the French crown. It came back under English rule in 1362, before being taken back 11 years later by the French.

At the start of the 15th century, a naval guerrilla war pitted the people of Talmont against those of Bordeaux, who briefly occupied the city in 1412. About thirty years later, it became a pirate stronghold, where any ships that dared to pass by were pillaged and ransacked.

In the second half of the 16th century, during the French Wars of Religion, Talmont was fought over by Catholics and Protestants.

In 1651, during the Fronde, the Prince de Condé, fighting against the King of France, entrusted his fiefdom of Talmont to his Spanish allies. The following spring, Louis XIV’s armies seized the town. The Spanish troops fled the town after destroying its surrounding wall.

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