France is known for the architectural wonders that can be found there such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame. France is also known for its fine food such as croissants, crepes, French bread, mousse, and a whole lot more.
France, however, is also known for one of the scariest places on earth – the Château de Brissac. A murder happened here and it has since allegedly been haunted by the soul that obviously has not rested in peace.
History of Château de Brissac
Château de Brissac is owned by the Cosse-Brissac family and the head of the family is actually known as the Duke of Brissac. The chateau is now one of the monument historique in France per the classification of the French Ministry of Culture.
Initially, the chateau was a castle after the victory over the English during the 11th century. Sometime during the 15th century, it was rebuilt by a wealthy chief minister named Pierre de Breze. During the French Wars of Religion, the chateau was owned by the Protestant leader named Henry of Navarre. The chateau became damaged that it was supposed to be demolished but it survived that plan. It was later given by Henry to Charles II de Cosse, who was later known as the Duke of Brissac. The Duke constructed it later in a way that it was the tallest chateau in France thus it became one of the architectural wonders of France.
Charles II de Cosse of Château de Brissac. (Link: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_II._de_Coss%C3%A9,_duc_de_Brissac)
But during the French revolution, the descendants of the Duke lost the chateau. It was ransacked and damaged once again during this time and was abandoned for the next 50 years. During the 19th century, the chateau was once again under the possession of the heirs of the Duke of Brissac. Extensive renovations had to be done in order to restore the chateau to its former glory.
Today, the chateau is the residence of the current Duke and is now open to the public.
The Ghost of Château de Brissac
Château de Brissac is said to be like any other castle, it is occupied by a ghostly resident. For Château de Brissac, it is said to have a ghostly resident called the “la Dame Verte” or the Green Lady in English. The ghost is said to be the woman named Charlotte de Breze, the illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII and his mistress, Agnes Sorel.
The History Of The Green Lady
Sometime in 1462, an arranged marriage was to occur between Charlotte and a nobleman named Jacques de Breze. Many historians are saying that the marriage was arranged because it was politically motivated and that the two did not feel anything for each other. The marriage was just for the sake of the reputation and power of their families. To make matters worse, the two never agreed on anything. Charlotte loved the sophisticated life while Jacques loved being outdoors.
Charlotte de Breze of Château de Brissac. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_of_France)
The two eventually got married. On May 31, 1477 Jacques just came home from a hunting trip. He and Charlotte had dinner and accordingly, they did not sleep on the same bed. A servant later woke Jacques up and said that his wife was having an affair. The man was later identified as Peirre de Lavergne. Accordingly, Jacques caught his wife and her lover red handed and that’s the same time Jacques murdered them. Some stories claimed that Jacques used his sword to kill the cheating couple. Allegedly, there were 100 blows of his sword to the two.
Another version claimed that Jacques strangled Charlotte on the same day but it was unclear what he did to Peirre. One thing was certain though, the two were never seen again.
The half-brother of Charlotte, Louis XI, was so mad when he heard the news that he vowed to avenge his half-sister. Jacques got arrested but the present King spared his life. Later, he gave all his properties to the King that saved him including the Château de Brissac.
Louis XI, the brother of Charlotte de Breze of Château de Brissac. (Link: https://www.myheritage.com/search-records?action=person&siteId=41952562&indId=9502916&origin=profile)
Before he left, the souls of Charlotte and her lover reportedly haunted the chateau shortly after the murder. Jacques allegedly could not stand hearing their moans so he decided to leave and give the property to the King that saved his life.
Sightings Of The Green Lady
The families that lived at the Château de Brissac as well as some visitors claimed that they saw the Green Lady most frequently at the tower room of the chateau’s chapel. The woman is named as the green lady because of the dress she is seen wearing. It is unclear if this was the same dress she died in.
Some of those who claimed they saw the Green Lady claimed that the woman had disturbing attributes. Allegedly, the woman has gaping holes in her face where her nose and eyes should be.
It is believed that the Green Lady is staying at the place where she was killed. Her moans are usually heard early in the morning at the same area where she died.
Château de Brissac Today
Château de Brissac is being managed by Charles-André de Cossé-Brissac, Marquis of Brissac. He is the eldest son of the current Duke of Brissac.
Charles-André de Cossé-Brissac. (Link: https://www.valdeloire-france.com/accueil/charles-andre-de-brissac)
Château de Brissac hosts a lot of special events now. Annually, the Val de Loire festival is hosted there. Also, tours are provided. Two suites are open to the public for them to stay overnight if they decide to stay.
One of the suites of the Château de Brissac open to the public for overnight stays. (Link: https://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/chac-teau-de-brissac.html)
Sometime in the 90s, Château de Brissac was featured as the temporary stadium for the Iron Chef French Battles.