In the age of the Valois
Well before the creation of the thermal spa resort of Bagnoles de l’Orne, there were other famous royal residents such as John II of France, John the Good, and Marguerite of Navarre.
John II “The Good”
John of Valois, Duke of Normandy and King of France from 1350 – 1364, had fragile health. Although he didn’t take part in many physical activities, he was fond of hunting. The Forêt des Andaines became his favourite hunting ground. He even had a chapel built on the site of the present Saint-Ortaire.
Marguerite of Navarre
Marguerite d’Angoulême, the sister of Francis I, married her first husband, the Duke Charles IV of Alençon, in 1509. She liked to come to “take the waters” at Bagnoles. She gave permission for her Chancellor, Jehan de Frotté, to acquire land to build a “lodging” that would later become the Château de Couterne.