An­cient ‘lo­gis’

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This sub­stan­tial 16th-cen­tury lo­gis lies in Nieuil, in Char­ente. As well as of­fer­ing spa­cious ac­com­mo­da­tion in the main five-bed­room prop­erty, there are also out­build­ings and a lake.

Prior to the French Revo­lu­tion, it was owned by an aris­to­cratic fam­ily, the Lavergne de Cham­plau­rier. Sadly, the last of the fam­ily to own the prop­erty has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing guil­lotined in 1794 for fail­ing to de­fend the area from a Prus­sian in­va­sion.

It’s a sad story: Louis-christophe Lavergne (1740-1794), mas­ter of the forge of Cham­plau­rier, had been ap­pointed Com­man­der of the Na­tional Guard of St-claud and Mil­i­tary Gov­er­nor of the ci­tadel of Longwy. Un­for­tu­nately, he ca­pit­u­lated be­fore the as­sault from the Prus­sian forces.

This re­sulted in him be­ing ar­rested, tried and sen­tenced to death. He was then ex­e­cuted with his young wife, who ap­par­ently had dared to shout out “Long live the King’’ when the sen­tence was pro­nounced. char­ente-im­mo­

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