Today, the streets of medieval Troyes are film-set beautiful. The houses were built after the time of the Knights of Champagne, but they give an idea of the layout of the earlier town. They show how the houses were crammed together.
At the tourist information office, there is a model of medieval Troyes. (You really know you are in Champagne, the old town was shaped like a champagne cork!)
The area at the top left of this plan is where Troyes Castle used to stand. (The castle was built on the site of the old Roman garrison.) The Count of Champagne had a separate palace which he used as his residence, Troyes Castle was for his soldiers and retainers, for the Guardian knights who patrolled the town at the time of the trade fairs. (The Winter Fair and the Summer Fair.) In many ways, the castle was like an office, it was used for official county business.
|This waterway runs past the site of Troyes Castle...|
|One of the narrow streets as it is today.|
The building below is gorgeous - sadly, it's later than the twelfth century, but we had a very nice lunch just staring at it!
The first Knights of Champagne novel will be out in July 2013. It's entitled Lady Isobel's Champion.
More details about these novels will follow later...