First the village, then the town of Lusignan, grew up beneath the castle gates, along the slope; it formed a further enceinte (surrounding fortification) when it too was later enclosed by walls. Lusignan remained a strategically important place in Poitou, in the heart of France: during the French Wars of Religion, about 1574, a plan was made of the castle's defenses; it is in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. In the following century Lusignan was reinforced in the modern manner by Louis XIV's military architect, Vauban. Thus it was a natural structure to be used as a prison. Later it housed a school.
and not to be outdone,
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, castletime of construction: Average Agehistory: Construction of a first castellum in the middle of the 10th century. A castle is announced at the beginning of the 11th century. With 12th and 13th centuries, apogee of the family of Lusignan. In 1308, the castle passes in the royal field. At the end of the 14th century, work completed by Jean de Berry, work which continues until 1463, date of the construction of the Michaelmas vault. The castle is dismantled by order of the king in 1586; only the Mélusine tower remains until 1622. The walk was established on the site of the castle at the 18th century.property of the communedate protection MH: 1997/07/02: registered voter
(And Bills' words...) The history of the Lusignan family is fascinating. http://www.mlahanas.de/Cyprus/History/Lusignan.html
They were rulers of Cyprus, and ruled Jerusalem. You might remember the Lusignan prince in a recent movie about the great siege of Jerusalem. They got around! The symbol of the Lusignan family is the mermaid, somehow confused with the water sprites and dragons of folklore. It is a real pity there is pretty much nothing left of it nowadays.