2017
TABLE STORIES


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2017 : TABLE STORIES

                                                          
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During the year 2017, the castle will present « Table stories ».

A table, whether for decorative, practical or domestic use, is subject to rituals and traditions and gathers around it men and women of the Middle Ages.It is used for working, eating, entertaining…

From 9 July to 27 August, with the Oriflamme company, three dramatized events will be offered to visitors in addition to a guided tour on the following themes:

“Set the table” with the bread master: le panetier, as the castle’s officer of food, is responsible for bread and place settings. He is also an authority on good manners, customs and traditions concerning large banquets at the court.  A very knowledgeable man, his skills cover the content of the plate, the art of entertaining, status of the guests and finally management of domestic staff. With le panetier, explore the table in the lord’s private residence of the castle!

Read the “table of contents” with the scholar: The nephew of the owner of Chateau Saint-Mesmin, a keen traveller, when the fancy takes him, has met many artists and philosophers. Back from Italy, he is very impatient to present artistic experiments, techniques and expertise on the tables of the chapel.  With the “budding” artist, switch between art and crafts and gather round the table to discuss objects and materials in order to give free rein to your creativity: mosaics, stained-glass window-making, painting and pigments.

“Lay your cards on the table” with the gambler: The gambler (le parieur), a person from a good family with a comfortable income, is an educated man. Trader, merchant, he also sells forms of entertainment. Opening his treasure chest in the court of the castle, he is a purveyor of dreams with his games, defying the authority of the Church and making a pact with the devil.  Join the gambler, both player and referee, and participate in tactical, physical and mental skill games.

And throughout the weekends of July and August, there will be “table stories” for all with, on the programme: stories, magic school, banquet, inn, gastronomic, magic, work, trestle, operating table etc… With the table, fixed or on a trestle, square, round or rectangular, it’s all about coming together.


On a drawing board, as part of the Pigments and Vermeil workshop, discover the art of manuscript illumination, with stencils or brushes.  It has medieval roots but is very contemporary in appeal.  It’s all about leaning on the table!

Sunday 16th of april
Open from 14H30 to 18H30.

Adult : €6
Adult reduced rate : €4,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €3
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card

Every afternoon, there will be a guided tour of the castle.  Children will participate in a game in which they roam the rooms of the castle looking for Emma Egghead and her hidden treasure.

From 16th of april to 23th of april
Open from 14H30 to 18H30.

Adult : €6
Adult reduced rate : €4,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €3
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card

Easter is the time, with The times of Aénor, to turn our thoughts towards food and listen to delicious stories of legendary feasts and wedding banquets derived from tales of the Middle Ages.  It’s all about sitting down at the table!

Sunday 23th of april
Open from 14H30 to 18H30.

Adult : €6
Adult reduced rate : €4,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €3
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card







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A table, whether for decorative, practical or domestic use, is subject to rituals and traditions and gathers around it men and women of the Middle Ages.  It is used for working, eating, entertaining…

With the Oriflamme company, three dramatized events will be offered to visitors in addition to a guided tour on the following themes:

“Set the table” with the bread master: le panetier, as the castle’s officer of food, is responsible for bread and place settings. He is also an authority on good manners, customs and traditions concerning large banquets at the court.  A very knowledgeable man, his skills cover the content of the plate, the art of entertaining, status of the guests and finally management of domestic staff. With le panetier, explore the table in the lord’s private residence of the castle!

Read the “table of contents” with the scholar: The nephew of the owner of Chateau Saint-Mesmin, a keen traveller, when the fancy takes him, has met many artists and philosophers. Back from Italy, he is very impatient to present artistic experiments, techniques and expertise on the tables of the chapel.  With the “budding” artist, switch between art and crafts and gather round the table to discuss objects and materials in order to give free rein to your creativity: mosaics, stained-glass window-making, painting and pigments.

“Lay your cards on the table” with the gambler: The gambler (le parieur), a person from a good family with a comfortable income, is an educated man. Trader, merchant, he also sells forms of entertainment. Opening his treasure chest in the court of the castle, he is a purveyor of dreams with his games, defying the authority of the Church and making a pact with the devil.  Join the gambler, both player and referee, and participate in tactical, physical and mental skill games.




With l'Oriflamme  

Everyday 9 July - 27 August
Open from 10h30 to 12h30 and 14h00 to 19h00.

Adult : €8
Adult reduced rate : €6,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €4
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card






The Barbe-Torte company, a group of archers and soldiers, will endeavour to teach visitors about medicine and surgery during the Hundred Years’ War.  From the surgery table to the hygiene table, it involves extracting teeth, caring for wounds, treating bleeding, trepanation, dressings, not forgetting the hygiene requirements of these medical procedures.


Saturday 15th and sunday 16th of july
From 10H30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 7.00pm.

Adult : €8
Adult reduced rate : €6,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €4
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card






A table and trestles… Let the show commence! No sooner said than done with the workshop of Lucarius who, in his workshop, will talk about the world of puppets.  From their production, including sculpture and assembly, to their handling, string and hand puppets will come alive.  An interesting insight into these little stringed characters.

Saturday 22th and sunday 23th of july
From 10H30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 7.00pm.

Adult : €8
Adult reduced rate : €6,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €4
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card






The tailor’s table and workshop of Lady Gyselette, tailor for the clothes of the Lune d’Ambre company, overflowing with materials, tools, dressed dummies, patterns and measuring instruments essential for making dresses, mantels, headdresses and hats. A very amusing insight into the appearance of the “good people” of the Middle Ages!


Saturday 29th and sunday 30th of july
From 10H30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 7.00pm.

Adult : €8
Adult reduced rate : €6,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €4
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card






Magic is as old as the hills…  The first people to earn a living by performing magic tricks were jugglers of the Middle Ages, travelling artists, sword swallowers, fire eaters, singers and dancers. Through magic tricks performed both on the table and whilst walking around, Sirius the Illusionist will transport the public to a magical medieval world!

Saturday 5th and sunday 6th of august
From 10H30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 7.00pm.

Adult : €8
Adult reduced rate : €6,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €4
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card






The Mischievous Brotherhood is cooking!  The fire is lit, waiting for the game that has just been caught.  Driven by the sweet smell of spices, the kitchen is in action: pots, pans, colanders, skimming ladles, wafer irons, mortars, dripping pans…  all orchestrated by the head cook of the castle around whom the soup makers, sauce cooks and urchins busy themselves.

Saturday 12th and sunday 13th of august
From 10H30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 7.00pm.

Adult : €8
Adult reduced rate : €6,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €4
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card


Photo non contractuelle



Cities and villages in the Middle Ages possess inns and cabarets, real places of sociability. We drink to it, play, trades, exchanges, we fight there and amuses there. With the company of Tard-Venus, the inn of the castle livens up and each takes the role with heart: innkeeper, crier of wine, forgiver, itinerant salesman, without forgetting the customers such the traders, the pilgrims, the students, the young single women(men) or the workers

Saturday 19th and sunday 20th of august
From 10H30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 7.00pm.

Adult : €8
Adult reduced rate : €6,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €4
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card



With the Alliance des Lions d’Anjou company, as part of journées du patrimoine (local heritage days), a “grand banquet” is being arranged in honour of Louis III, King of Naples and Duke of Anjou. Time to think about setting the dining table, rules of etiquette and food preparation where it’s all about sophistication both in terms of aroma and taste.

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September
Open from 10H30 to 12H30 and 14H30 to 18H30

Adult reduced rate : €4,5
Child (until 18 years) : free of charge
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card

Falling somewhere between sorcerer’s apprentice school and magic school, some of the more outrageous, eccentric teachers of the Mischievous Brotherhood are holding lessons on potions and the rudiments of magic wands, not forgetting discovering the well-stocked sweetshop.  It’s all about turning tables!

Sunday 22th and monday 23th of october
Open from 14H30 to 18H30.

Adult : €6
Adult reduced rate : €4,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €3
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card


With the “Play-Original” company, from the department of Val d’Oise, Playmobil® are setting up at the castle!  In the form of dioramas, the Playmobil® figurines will be telling stories about tables: drawing boards, inn, kitchen, trestle, negotiating, work and banqueting tables. It’s all about exploring the table!

From Friday 27th of october to sunday 5th of november
Open from 14H30 to 18H30.

Adult : €6
Adult reduced rate : €4,5
Child (6 to 14 years) : €3
Free for those possessing a ambassador / loyalty card

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