Legend and history

In the middle of the 12 th century, the 'Baronne Aiceline' welcomed to her keep (which became the round tower of the present castle), neighbouring troubadours and lords (those from the Belflou and the Payra castles which are still ravishing sites).During the golden age of the south of France, the Occitan region glowed with the fire of the gallo-roman civilisation.
A spirit of open-minded tolerance ruled as well as the respect of others and of freedom. Saint Michel de Lan├Ęs, under the aegis of the mild and courteous Baronne Aiceline lived in peace with its Cathar community. The Occitan language from this area was the purest, according to a scholar from the Montauban Academy. Aiceline lies under the cypresses of the cemetery. We can but hope she will stand guard over her village for ever...