Each year in October (some years there are also spring time editions) Foix castle is the host of a Medieval Festival.
Foix castle was built at the end of the 10th century or the beginning of the 11th century
The event tries to recreate at least some aspects of the life at the castle in the middle ages, when Foix and its region were a strong earldom, many times defiant of the royal power of Paris – like during the times of the albigensian crusade when Foix castle became a hiding place of the persecuted cathars.
The medieval times in the southwest of France were troubled times of war, but also the times of troubadours, poets and composers who were writing romantic songs, known as lais, in the local language called “langue d’oc” or Provençal celebrating the ideal, chaste love of a humble worshipping suitor to a noble lady whose charm subjugated his heart and to whom he proclaims his devotion and loyalty according to the rules of the so called courtly love.
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!