'Lauragais' book launch
Launching my book at the Château de Garrevaques is a dream come true! The château and the family that has lived there for 18 generations are at the heart of Part IX of my book.
At the launch, I shall be presenting ‘Lauragais’ and reading extracts about life in the château. But this is also an ideal opportunity to visit Garrevaques, ask questions about its past and listen to oral history from another era.
For me, the Château de Garrevaques epitomises the history of the Lauragais: first built in the 1470s as a defensive home in dangerous times; besieged during the Wars of Religion; destroyed during the Revolution; rebuilt in the nineteenth century; requisitioned by the eleventh panzer division during the second world war; and finally, steered towards tourism at the end of the twentieth century.
This event is being organised in cooperation with the Association of the Friends of the Château de Garrevaque, an organisation created earlier this year by the owners with the objectives of sharing the history of the château and contributing to the restoration and protection of the estate and its archives. It is also working on a project to create an oral archive of the memories of people who knew the château in bygone times.