The origin of the castle as a defensive structure on the border between the Berry and the Bourbonnais goes back to the 11th century. In the history books, the buildings surrounded by moats and defense towers appear in the 12th century. The complex survived the Hundred Years War , welcomed Charles VII in 1431 and 1454 , and finally 2000 men besieged it in 1568 because the owners sympathized with the Reformation . During the French Revolution , the castle was declared national property and sold. At the end of the 19th century, the complex was renewed, whereby its medieval appearance was largely retained.
The abandoned and neglected castle fell to the current owner as an inheritance in 1988. To be able to preserve the medieval complex, he founded a support association in 1993. In 1996, a medieval festival that takes place every year in August was launched, the proceeds of which are used exclusively for the necessary restoration work on the castle.
The complex has been classified as a Monument historique since 1965 .
- Josyane and Alain Cassaigne: 365 Chateaux de France . Aubanel, Geneva 2007, ISBN 978-2-7006-0517-4 , p. 502.
- Castle Bannegon in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French), accessed on September 21, 2009.