Chateau de Castelnaud
Dating back at least to the 13th century, Castelnaud Chateau was a cathar stronghold before being seized by the Albigensian Crusade under Simon de Montfort.
After that the history of the Chateau de Castelnaud is inseperable from that of its near neighbour, the Chateau de Beynac. During the Hundred Years War they faced each other across the Dordogne River - Castelnaud was in English hands and Beynac under French control - and the two had many skirmishes and disputes, although they never actually battled face-to-face one against the other. It was towards the end of the Hundred years war, in 1442, that the English were finally driven from Castelnaud following a three week siege.