History is always written by the victors.
This quote from Winston Churchill is perfectly appropriate to the history of the Castle of Creon of Armagnac whose murky origins are marked by the bloody conflicts of the region.
The tradition evokes the presence of the Templars in the 12th century with the ge's command (Labastide of Armagnac):
[...] the Templars had continued to expand their estates, and around the ge's commandry had a strong city, populated by many inhabitants, surrounded by ramparts and forts [...] (Mr. Romieu).
The church of Creon perfectly aligned with its castle was probably a defensive ensemble modelled on the commanderies in the image of St. Bartholomew's Church in St. Leon (47) which was built by the Templars on an austere plan with a fortified bell tower.
However, no trace of such an occupation has been discovered, placing tradition as a legend.
The Great Ride of the Black Prince.
The history of the Castle of Creon of Armagnac has its origin in the middle of the 13th century with the presence of a Bastide next to the church being part of a defense complex called the Reys Estate (or Reyset) to protect Beroy Castle and the fortress Arouille.
Plots located in La Grange, Labastide, Gabarret, Losse, Estigarde were annexed there probably as a result of the alliances made by the various owners.
To loosen the noeon in which Count John of Armagnac and his son, ally of the King of France, threatened English Guyana, King Edward III sent his eldon son Edward of Woodstok, Prince of Wales, the famous Black Prince.
His army destroyed in 1355 the Reys ravaged the church of Creon and its castle.
Edouard de Woodstok, dit le Prince Noir
The fortress has passed through the centuries but not without damage as evidenced by the numerous scars on its facades.
The castle of Ambrus and the Temple-de-Breuils, which resemble that of Creon, gives us a good idea of the original appearance of the building.
Indeed, having not suffered from regional history with the exception of the Hundred Years' War and the Revolution, they were able to preserve some elements of the ancient medieval fortifications.
Reys Castle, quite a symbol.
The hundred-year war, the conflicts of religion and the revolution will not spare Creon, his church and his already bruised castle.
From inheritance to succession, it will end up in ruins in the heart of a poplar field...
As a nod to history, it is a couple of British nationals who bought and restored the castle of Creon in 2006 with the ambition to restore its credentials.
Using the best craftsmen in the region and after years of work, the castle rose from the ashes and regained its place in the commune.
The tragic death of the owner forced his wife to put the castle up for sale.
Affectionately called "English" by the inhabitants of the commune, it posed only two conditions for the sale: that the castle return to the French and that Love be at the heart of the project.
A snub to history.
In 2019, we buy the Château de Créon, carrying an ambitious project.
Completely renovated and its redesigned park, it now hosts event activities (weddings, seminars, baptisms, anniversaries...) and tourists with its prestigious guest rooms.
After centuries of wandering, the Château de Créon finds the thread of its history through its name... Reys Castle.