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Castle of Biron

The Château de Biron is a castle in the French commune of Biron in the valley of the Lède, a tributary of the Lot River in the département of Dordogne in Périgord, part of the Aquitaine. Biron was held by Cathars in 1211 and taken by Simon IV de Montfort the following year.

Agen had belonged to the Kings of England and Richard I had given it to the Count of Toulouse as a dowery for Richard's sister Jeanne (or Joanna) of England when Richard married her to Raymond VI. The Plantagenets held it again at times during the 14th and 15th century, but it finnished up as part of France along with the other territories of the Counts of Toulouse. Biron was erected as a duché-pairie in 1598, for Charles de Gontaut, created duc de Biron.

The present château bears additions over the centuries that make it a picturesque ensemble: a twelfth century keep, sixteenth-century living quarters, a chapel and vaulted kitchens. The commune purchased the Château de Biron in 1978, with a view to restoring the structure as a tourist draw. Since 1928, the Château de Biron has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

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