The legend of Château de Brissac and la Dame Verte


We’re continuing our build-up to Halloween with a rundown of the most haunted locations across the globe. This time we’re hopping over the Channel to France and to discover the legend of ‘la Dame Verte’.

Upon its completion in the 11th century, Château de Brissac was dubbed the ‘tallest castle in France’ but its legacy takes on a much spookier complex. Sat in the commune of Brissac-Quince, close to the city of Angers, it was originally built by the Counts of Anjou and has changed hands many times during its history.

However, it has gained infamy for being haunted by ‘la Dame Verte’ – the Green Lady. In 1462, a woman by the name of Charlotte de Brézé, the illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII and his mistress, Agnes Sorel and the half-sister of King Louis XI, was arranged to be married to a nobleman called Jacques de Brézé.

Jacques suspected his wife to be having an affair and on the evening of May 31st, 1477 he caught her and her lover in the act and as the red mist descended he murdered the pair. While Jacques subsequently left the castle, Charlotte has remained and continues to roam the grounds.

There have been a number of sightings of the Green Lady throughout the castle but her favourite haunt is said to be the tower room of the chapel. While the current residents, the Duke of Brissac and his family, have become accustomed to the strange noises in the night, many guests have been frightened by the ghostly figure in the green dress.

On still evenings, her moans can be heard throughout the castle while the most frightening aspect is that her face is said to have gaping holes where her eyes and noses are supposed to be. Something you certainly don’t want to see if you’re awakened during the night.

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