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The Loire

Chateau de Chaumont
The Loire region is dotted with castles along the rivers, and it's no wonder, since the French and the English had a major tug of war over who controlled these lands, culminating in the Hundred Years' War. Here Joan of Arc lifted the seige of Orleans, the kings of France made their royal residences, and, oddly enough, Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years and was buried in Amboise. There's so much to see, kids will become castle experts from their visit to the Loire.
Eastern Loire
  Orleans – Joan of Arc
    The Sologne
    Chenonceaux Chateau de Chenonceau
    More Loire Chateaux
Western Loire
  Fontevraud l'Abbaye – Eleanor of Aquitaine
    Le Mans
    Nantes and around
    Loire River Excursions – The Loire is a wonderful river for boating excursions. The river flows through a pastoral countryside, past limestone cliffs and storybook castles. Boat cruises are available from the Lac de Loire (across the river from Blois), in Tours, or Saumur.
kids books loire france
Joan of Arc  
Joan of Arc
Diane Stanley

Joan of Arc – her youth in a country village, the great siege of Orleans (the English are sent packing), miraculous victories in the Loire. Richly illustrated in the style of medieval manuscripts. (Picture book)



Discover the life of girls and women in the Middle Ages – girls were supposed to marry, how to behave in public ("do not scratch your head at the dinner table"), fashion and beauty (pale skin was most beautiful). Detailed historical illustrations. (Picture book)


Women and Girls in the Middle Ages loire france
Knights and Castles
(Magic Tree House Research Guide)
Will Osborne, Mary Pope Osborne

A nonfiction companion book to The Knight at Dawn, find out how castles were built, fairs and feasts, tournaments, battles and seiges, arms and armor. Packed with historical details and drawings, perfect to bring on your trip. (Easy reader)



When the king comes to visit, the lord and lady of the manor have tons to do – redecorate the bedroom, major house cleaning, hunt for fresh meat (boar, stag, pheasants), fishing, preparing food in the great kitchen, and finally, the big feast is ready. (Picture book)


A Medieval Feast kids loire france
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Medieval Knight!  
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Medieval Knight!
Fiona Macdonald, David, Antram

Humorous, handy hints for learning to be a knight – armor is creaky, hot and heavy, beware of bogs, stakes and caltrops, try not to die in battle (or in prison, heatstroke or frostbite), and order your tomb now. (Picture book)


Life in a Castle
Kay Eastwood

What it was like to live in a castle? In war or peace, castles were busy, filled with hundreds of nobles, knights and servants, some guests were kept in the dungeon, feasts were held in the great hall (it was not polite to pick your teeth with a knife while at the table), and more. (Picture book)


Life in a Castle medieval loire france kids books
Castle (Eyewitness Books)
Christopher Gravett

Essential guide to castles – history, defenses and weapons, castle as a prison, great hall, chapel, kitchen. including info about French castles.Detailed photographs, medieval artifacts and models of castles. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Loire and France pages)
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