Full Day Military History Tour
Full Day Wargaming
- Chateau Laval begins the tour, home of the Counts of Laval, the Montmorency-Montfort-Laval-family. This family is heavily involved in the shaping of Brittany and Western France for generations up until the French Revolution.
- La Brossinière Battlefield tour of, the first complete French victory in the west, where the future Marshal of France André de Laval-Montmorency (Lohéac) is knighted.
- Chateau Vitré, the border fortress of Brittany and Maine, controlled by the Lords of Laval, a fairy-tale chateau and medieval town.
Battle of la Brossinière. Full Day Wargaming
We play using superbly painted miniatures specific to the 100 years war, on a table terrain exactly as the field of battle in the 18th Century "Salon de Guerre" at L’Hotel de Hercé.
The 100 Years War decimated France between 1337 & 1453, as French & English claimants to French Crown fought to establish their right to legitimate succession. They sought dominance through control of land & forced allegiance of the Castilians of the fortified Chateaus. Allegiances demanded through costly sieges & occasional pitch fighting on the battlefield.
The region of Maine (today Mayenne) was predominantly allied to the French crown & was hotly contested by the English. English control had continued to expanded over time, and Mayenne was the gateway between their lands in Normandy and Aquitaine. The battle for control of Maine had three phases of intensity. The Breton War of Succession is opening phase, splitting allegiances in the region.
The second stage was defined the total war of Earl of Buckingham’s chevauchee through Maine.
The third stage is the French reconquest and Joan of Arc the most famous militant of this period.
Several Chateaux subject to these dramatic sieges survive today on our doorstep. Saint Suzanne, Chateau Lassay, Chateau Laval, Chateau Mayenne, Chateau Vitré in Brittany allied to Maine. Some of the most famous French lords of the 100 Years War had their birthplace in Maine, two marshals of France and two companions of the Joan de Arc.
100 Years War in Maine
Bring your Partner to enjoy beautiful L'Hotel de Herce & Mayenne. French Wragame Holidays at L' Hotel de Hercé are designed for wargamers & partners to attend together.