The Castle of the Counts of Saint-Pol – a little background for Stonehearted

For a Heart Made of Stone CoverIn the fourth volume of Stonehearted, For a Heart Made of Stone,  the action shifts to the chateau of Saint-Pol. The Count of Saint-Pol is one of the villains of the story and is holding a tournament, which provides the backdrop for the action.

When I looked into Saint-Pol, I found that it was difficult to get much detail about the castle (it’s now just a ruin) but eventually I came across some good websites that gave me enough to form an impression of the place – and gave me some ideas that contributed to the narrative.

An article on the Flags of the World website about Saint-Pol is perhaps the best historical description of the town and castle. If you read you will see that the castle is divided into an old and new castle – and its the old castle bailey that I use in For a Heart Made of Stone to locate the tournament put on by the Count. The new castle is the location for much of the action. In particular the Wiki Pas-de-Calais site describes the layout in detail (in French – but you can translate using Google!). In particular notice the large round tower used as dungeons – they play a prominent part in the book! Below you can see a great plan of the castle and also an artist’s impression of the new castle. Only a few ruins remain now.

Remains of the Castle of Saint-Pol

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise

A l’occasion des Médiévales, le château de Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise

http://www.wikipasdecalais.fr/index.php?title=Parc_du_ch%C3%A2teau_des_Comtes_de_Saint-Pol

https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/fr-62-sp.html

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