La Chapelle d’Angillon
Traduction (français > anglais)
Birthplace of Henri-Alban Fournier, said Alain Fournier, author of Grand Meaulnes, the most widely read novel in the world.
No doubt the romantic environment influences the imagination of the author !
Tradition says that a Greek hermit named Jacques built in the ninth century, a shrine on the river bank where he deposited the relics from Italy. The fame of miracles and prophecies attributed to the hermit, who is considered a saint, encourages people to move to the sanctuary, and to form the first hamlet, which is called Capella, place name attested in 1075. Died 19 November 865, the hermit is buried in the chapel, where he died. His tomb attracts the crowds that come to increase the importance of the village.
To the eleventh century, the family of Seuly takes places. Gilon of Seuly built the castle and the early church. His descendants develop the prosperity of the town which in 1212 obtained a charter franchise. Gilon is considered as the main founder of the city which takes its name.
It is surrounded by walls and ditches and the parties outside the walls became the suburbs. Around 1262, a local nobility established. In 1401, La Chapelle d’Angillon comes home by Marie d’Albret Seuly the sole heir.
"Le Duc de Sully"
Clashes take place during the religious wars and the early church was destroyed. Sully had built a new church outside the walls of the city. The demolition of the walls and the creation of the royal road to Bourges between 1762 and 1765, leading to the displacement of the population to the west.
In the nineteenth century, the town prospers through agricultural and forestry activities. A military camp is located on the territory of the municipality during the Second World War. La Chapelle d’Angillon is bombarded Angillon June 18, 1940.