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During the French Revolution

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An order was decreeted in 8 pluviôse an II by Louis-Antoine Albitte, citizen and representative of the people, while on mission in the departments of Ain and the Mont-Blanc:

Considering that one of the powerful means used by feudalists to humiliate and enslave its people was to hide in narrow spaces, difficult of access, by building ramparts from which they could push them from, the order declared that: All fortified castles, fortresses existing in the departments of l’Ain and the Mont-Blanc, all towers, walls with corner towers, machicolations, drawbridges, and other fortifications shall be demolished without further a due and all pits recovered and bridged…

And that is what happened. The towers and donjon were all reduced but the castle complete destruction was luckily avoided thanks to the objection of Lucey’s inhabitants who only partially respected the Convention’s decree.

Antoine de Galbert

These notes are entirely extracted from :

    • Archives d’Etat de Turin
    • Amédée de Foras, Armorial et Nobiliaire de l’ancien Duché de Savoie, Editions Allier, Grenoble, 1878
    • Jean Létanche, Les vieux châteaux du canton d’Yenne en Savoie, Chambéry 1907
    • Marie Thérèse Duperchy, Le château de Lucey, Le Bugey n°95, 2008
    • Charles Defforey, notes dactylographiées