Charente Charente-Maritime Deux-Sèvre Vienne

Airvault Les Alleuds Oiron Parthenay St-Génard
Saivres Thouars      

Airvault - Église Saint-Pierre
Church open - well worth a visit. Park in free car park by the museum, near the church    
Top left: Grave slab of Marie Erault (1607) In church - north ailse
Top right:
Grave slab of  Jeanne Regnault (1616) In porch
Above and right:
Tomb of Pierre de Saine-Fontain (4th quarter of 11th century)
Les Allueds
Abbaye Notre-Dame
You can park outside the church but when I visited the building was unfortunately locked. Said to contain the 14th century stone effigy of Abbé Guillaume (1318) . Epitaph.

Church open. Free car park outside. The church contains a series of marble monuments made in the first half of the 16th century by the sculptor Jean 1st Classé. All bear inscriptions.

Arthus Gouffier (1519) Duke of Roannais, Lord of Boissy, Grand Master of France and Peer of France
Claud Gouffier (1570) Son of Arthus, above. Duke of Roannais, Grand Knight of France. Very defaced cadaver effigy
Philippe de Montmorency (1516) Wife of Guillaume, below

Guillaume Gouffier (1525) Brother of Arthus (above). Lord of Bonnivet and Grand Admiral of France
Left: Incised slab: military effigy of Jehan de Grimouard (Greenhill) To the right are slabs of the 17th and 18th centuries, one in situ

Saint-Génard Prieuré - Saint-Génard
The church is open during normal hours. There is a car park outside serving the church. Beautiful quiet setting outside the village

14th century knight. Possibly holding a heart. Nave north wall

Above and near right: 13th century knight in poor condition. The head has been detached but is preserved. Rear of nave, south side

There are a series of these unusual gravestones in the church yard, mostly not named
Collégiale Sainte-Croix
Parthenay is a medieval fortified town which has expanded well beyond its medieval boundaries; it is well worth a visit in itself. There is plenty of free parking. To find the church head uphill in the old town; open during normal hours.

Effigies of Guillaume VII de Parthenay-l'Archevêque (1402) and his wife Jeanne de Mathfelon (1415) . Polychrome; his of marble, hers of limestone. Heavily restored in the nineteenth century. Note his feet rest on a gray hound rather than the customary lion.

Saivres There is said to be a 14th century stone effigy of Isabeau de Verrières in the cemetery but I was unable to find it. The church was locked. However this effigy is rather in the Chapelle Andrault in the ancient cemetery of St Maixent, which I will visit when I am able'

Eglise Saint-Laon
Follow the signposts to Saint-Laon as there are several churches in Thouars. The church is unlocked and you can park outside. The church is a former abbey
Margaret Stuart, daughter of James I of Scotland was the first wife of Louis XI of France. To the left is the canopy of her tomb which is all that remains. A modern floor plaque makes her vault and her plain stone coffin may be seen though a grill.
Abbé Nicolas Lecoq (1479)

Guesnes Loudon Rossay Poitiers

The church is Eglise de St Pierre du Marche not St Hilaire de Martray, which is open infrequently.
Church open; park in free car park
Very damaged effigies of an unknown ecclesiastic  and a military effigy of Fretard de Turzay

There was a double priory here dependent on the Abbey of Fontevraud, now mostly in a ruinous state. The monks' church was converted into the parish church of the village but what remains of the nuns' quarters is now a private house. The actual church of the latter is now an out-building in a partly derelict condition. The two effigies lie under arches at either side of the nave. At some point a substantial wall had been built across the nave, dividing not only the nave itself but also the monuments themselves in two. The upper part of both effigies - the eastern part - has been almost totally destroyed.
Generally not accessible but occasionally open to the public. Park in village nearby. 46°54'57"N, 0°9'45"E

Far left: Effigy of a lady. Note the purse attached to her belt and what looks like an animal (dog) next to where the head used to be. It looks like a second has been cut out from the opposite side. This is shown at bottom of the next column and is an unusual as normally angels support the pillow. Also shown are figures on what remains of the tomb chest.

Left: Military effigy. Above are shown fragments including a mail gauntlet.

Rossay (near Loudun)
Prieuré de Bois Rogue
This chapel is not usually open to the public but is used for art exhibitions when it may be visited. Park outside.
46°59'02"N, 0°08'36"W

Effigy said to be of Gilles Sanglier (ob c 1500) Inscription in Latin

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