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The Manoir de Launay is the favorite residence of King René where the legendary tournament of the "Joyeuse Garde" was organized in 1446. The monument illustrates perfectly the passage from defensive architecture to the architecture of pleasure of the Renaissance.

After three years spent in his kingdom of Naples (1435-1442), the "Good King René", Duke of Anjou, acquired this late fourteenth century manor house in 1444. Enlargement and embellishment made Launay a favorite residence for René and Isabelle de Lorraine, his first wife, and then Jeanne de Laval, his second wife, where the legendary tournament of the "Joyeuse Garde" was organized. This pivotal period of the late Middle Ages is visible in its architecture, where moats and turrets are only symbolic and not defensive. René introduced the spirit of the Renaissance in his Italian way of life, where aesthetic pleasure and a taste for nature took precedence over court life. Chapel, apartments of the lords, gallery, rooms of withdrawal, "dovecote", kitchen, court of honor and low court with colonnades kept their integrity of XIVth/XVth century. After René's death in 1480, Launay became the property of Louis XI, then of his son Charles VIII, and finally of Louis XII and his daughter Claude de Bretagne. New ! Discover Daniel Couturier's superb collection of contemporary weathervanes exhibited in the park of the Manoir de Launay, original creations signed by the greatest names in international sculpture And always "l'Outil, Poésie Ouvrière" on wood, iron and stone, a collection of tools from 2 to 3 centuries, as well as a collection of busts by the talented Yann Grégoire.

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