In the 13th century, during the Crusades, Saint-Louis testified to his great gratitude for the courage and loyalty of Hugues de Meauce, by returning him to France, after having paid his bail to the Saracens who held him prisoner. That’s how this brave knight chooses to stand on Rochefort, a rocky peak in the middle of the river Allier.
However, I never could have foreseen what was then my incredible destiny!
From now on, I can only feel pride in my noble owners, Hugues II, husband of Isabelle de Sully, a direct descendant of William the Conqueror and Hugh Capet.
Also know that in 1349, Etienne de Monturuc, nephew of the future Pope Innocent VI, by his nuptials with Catherine de Meauce, then guarantees my prosperity and my strong personality.
Nevertheless, in the 15th century, then residence of the family of Roffignac, can you imagine what was my emotion when due to bad fortune, I was adjudged in 1690, and became a new possession of Anne Voilland, wife of Jean-Baptiste Marigot , steward of the Duke of Nevers?
Sold in 1772 to Benoît Moreau des Marest, foreman of his state then inheritance by nuns of the families Tiersonnier and Héron de Villefosse, like a treasure, I finally shone in the eyes of the filmmaker Jean de Vaivre, who, seduced by my elegance and my original style, bought it in 1971. Alas the inconvenience caused by legal disputes generated by disagreements at the level of the first work, made me fall into oblivion and abandonment.
However in 2016, Séverine and Cédric Mignon, my new owners, decided to heal my wounds so that I can tell you again the History of Nivernais ..