BEAUGENCY , a
See also:town of central France, in the department of Loiret, 16 m . S.W. of
See also:Orleans on the Orleans railway, between that city and
See also:Blois . Pop . (1906) 2993 . It is situated at the
See also:foot of
See also:vine-clad hills on the right
See also:bank of the
See also:Loire, to the
See also:left bank of which it is
See also:united by a
See also:bridge of twenty-six
See also:arches, many of them dating from the 13th century . The chief buildings are the chateau, mainly of the 15th century; of which the massive
See also:donjon of the 11th century known as the Tour de Cesar is the
See also:oldest portion; and the abbey-
See also:church of Notre-
See also:Dame, a
See also:building in the Romanesque
See also:style of architecture, frequently restored . Some of the buildings of the
See also:Benedictine abbey, to which this church belonged, remain . The hotel de ville, the
See also:facade of which .is decorated with armorial
See also:bearings of
See also:carving, and the church of St Etienne, an unblemished example of Romanesque architecture, are of
See also:interest . Several old houses, some remains of the
See also:medieval ramparts and the Tour de 1'Horloge, an
See also:ancient gateway, are also preserved . The town carries on
See also:trade in
See also:grain, and has
See also:flour mills . The lords of Beaugency attained considerable importance in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries; at the end of the 13th century the
See also:fief was sold to the
See also:crown, and afterwards passed to the
See also:house of Orleans, then to those of
See also:Dunois and Longueville and ultimately again to that of Orleans .
See also:Joan of Arc defeated the
See also:English here in 1429 .
In 1567 the town was sacked and burned by the Protestants . On the 8th, 9th and loth of
See also:December 187o the German army, commanded by the
See also:grand-duke of
See also:Mecklenburg, defeated the French army of the Loire, under General Chanzy, in the
See also:battle of Beaugency (or Villorceau-Josnes), which was fought on the left bank of the Loire to the N.W. of Beaugency .
LOUIS DE BEAUFORT (d. 1795)
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