The Manoir de Roziers is an attractive privately owned property near Pouzay. The current buildings in the manor complex all date from the 16th century. In 1545 it was inherited by Louis Brossin de Méré, Governor of Loches. He sold it in 1549 to Antoine de Jussac, whose father had been killed at the Battle of Pavia (where Francois I was captured). Antoine had two sons and the daughter of one of them got permission to marry her uncle, the other son of Antoine. Despite this type of avunculate marriage required a papal dispensation, and meaning the couple were more closely related than first cousins, who were also considered too closely related to marry, it was surprisingly common. Antoine was buried in the church at Sepmes.
|From the side.|
The manor sits at the top of a slope, surrounded by well preserved walls. In the middle of the complex is a large round tower which is a dovecote, with its niches still intact on the upper level inside. The main house has gable ends, and an upturned boat style carpentry roof space in between them. It is accessed by an irregular sided staircase tower lit by a dormer with a curved pediment and a little balustraded balcony. Two other towers are nearby, one with a stone roof on the corner of a barn and an isolated one with an unusual staircase coiling around it, visible because of damage to the tower.
|Barn and stone topped tower.|
|Front gate, dovecote, animal shelters, coach house.|
|Dovecote, ruined tower with staircase, gable end of main house.|
|The complex as seen from across the valley.|
|Dovecote, ruined tower with staircase, main house.|
|Dormer window above the staircase tower in the main house.|
|Back of the main house and dovecote.|
|Animal shelters (kennels? veal pens?). |
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