A county land that became royal in 1213 under the reign of Philippe Auguste, the Valois is a territory rich in a secular past. Medieval at first, as it was devolved to a younger branch of Capetian people, this county became linked to the history of France when the nephew of Philip IV the Fair, Philip of Valois, became king in 1328. Villages, landscapes and monuments of the region, such as the premonstrated abbey of Lieu-Restauré or the castle of Crépy-en-Valois, attest to this prestigious past.
The Valois is not only a look back to the Middle Ages, it is an illustration of the chronicle of France on the scale of a terroir. The Gallo-Roman ruins of Champlieu, the renaissance manor of Plessis-au-Bois in Vauciennes, the neo-Gothic restoration of Vez's castle and the episode of the Marne cabs in Nanteuil-le-Haudouin are all milestones in this eclectic history that men and women have gradually shaped and written.
Many great characters are linked to the Pays de Valois. Some of them have become heroes of Alexandre Dumas' novels, such as Marguerite de Valois, first wife of Henri IV and Duchess of Valois, better known as Queen Margot; or Henri de Schomberg, Count of Nanteuil-le-Haudouin and Marshal of France esteemed by Cardinal Richelieu. Let us also think of the artists whose passion for this territory is best illustrated by Gérard de Nerval.
All these elements, diverse and plural, establish the Valois as an exceptional region.
Text Nicolas Bilot - Aquilon Découverte