The Battle of Castillon seals the end of the Hundred Years War. For 3 centuries, Alienor's Aquitaine belonged to the English Crown and helped to establish the authority of the King of France.

The fall of Constantinople by the Turcs put an end to the Christians' presence in the East and the last byzantine artists and scientists took refuge in Italy.

Gutemberg, who invented mainstream printing, was therefore at the beginning of an unprecedented cultural revolution. History was now accessible to the majority and this enabled knowledged to spread.

Historians generally agree that this period marks the end of the Middle Ages...

Performed on a natural arena encompassing 17 acres, within firing range of the original battle ground, 800 volunteers, including 500 actors and 50 horseback riders, re-enact the Battle of Castillon.

Experience two captivating hours, filled with stunts, special effects and explosions, combined with the everyday life of the Middle Ages, rural scenes set on a farm or an inn or by the well, scenes from the grape harvest, shooting parties and market day with street sellers and a travelling dentist!

It is performed, as the producer Éric Le Collen says, “With the precision of the cinema, the sensitivity of the theatre and the dimension of the opera.”

For dates and reservations check out the official site and for accommodation in the Dordogne take a look at these self-catering properties booked direct with the owners.

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