|region||Pays de la Loire|
|Community association||Champagne Conlinoise et Pays de Sillé|
|surface||7.63 km 2|
|Residents||735 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||96 inhabitants / km 2|
Lavardin is a French municipality with 735 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Sarthe in the region Pays de la Loire ; it belongs to the arrondissement of Mamers and the canton of Loué .
Until the end of the 15th century, Lavardin was still called Tucé. Around 1500 François de Baumanoir, Baron de Lavardin and husband of Jeanne de Tucé, passed his name on to the place.
The lordship and parish of Tucé, annex of the Château de Tucé, was a châtellenie that belonged to the lords of Saint-Loup, whose descendants took the name "Tucé". Through the marriage of Béatrix de Tussé or Tucé with Hubert d'Assé-le-Riboul (12th century), Tucé went to the Ribol family (Riboulle or Riboulé).
In the first half of the 15th century, Jean de Beaumanoir, son of Guillaume, Seigneur de Landemont, a younger son of the house Lavardin-sur-Loir and husband of Marie Riboulle, daughter of Foulques, Seigneur d Assé-le- Riboul et de Lavardin, in the Vieux Lavardin (now part of Mézières-sous-Lavardin ) called Château, which he probably received as a dowry from his wife or had it built himself.
In 1477, Guy de Beaumanoir, Seigneur de Lavardin, married his daughter to René de Champagné, son of Pierre, Seigneur de Champagné et de Parcé. At the same time, Baudouin de Champagné, René's brother, married Jeanne de Tucé, the sole heir to the family of the same name. But only the marriage of François de Beaumanoir, Seigneur de Lavardin and great-grandson Jean de Beaumanoir, with Jeanne de Tucé, daughter of Baudouin de Champagné-Tucé, Baron de La Milesse, brought Tucé to the house of Beaumanoir de Lavardin in 1505. With a patent letter from December 1561, the Châtellenie Assé and the Barony Lavardin (Vieux Lavardin) were merged for Jean de Beaumanoir, Marshal of France , and then raised to a marquisate in 1601. At the time of King Louis XIV , the title was then transferred to the Tucé area, which was then only called Lavardin-Tucé and finally only Lavardin.
- The Saint-Bertrand church, originally the castle chapel, became a parish church in the 15th century. The choir is still preserved from the original building from the 12th century.
- The moats, some walls and the “Tour du Trésor” (17th century) still exist from the old castle. The present castle dates from the 19th century.
- Le Patrimoine des Communes de la Sarthe. Flohic Editions, Volume 1, Paris 2000, ISBN 2-84234-106-6 , pp. 416-418.