History of the castle

 

It was in 1556 that the lordship of Albret was raised to a duchy. Espiens was then placed in the Seneschal of Nerac. (District administrative and judicial). Jeanne d’Albret (1528 – 1572) mother of Henry In the early sixteenth century saw the lords of Mazelières, home of ancient chivalry of Brittany, to this area of Albret.

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Henry IV (1589 – 1610) to Louis XIII (1610 – 1643) The Mazelières was seen at important events. In 1606, Gassiot Mazelières was appointed Minister of the King of Navarre. In 1611, Captain Bertrand was appointed Colonel of Mazelières. It is also in this year that the famous Charles de Batz Castelmore, better known under the name of d’Artagnan was born. A few years later, in 1622, Louis XIII created the Company of Musketeers. Read more at www.lemondededartagnan.fr Louis XIV (1643 – 1715) It was in 1676 that Paul Mazelières, Governor of Albret, becomes the owner of the fief of Espiens and built the Castle inspired by the shape of the Tuileries after approval and ratification by letter of Louis XIV.