he Losse family came from Flanders in the 11th century and subsequently built a stronghold on the Vézère right bank. From that time they belonged to the feudal hierarchy.
Later on their allegiance went to the king of France.
Jean II de Losse
The Hall was built in 1576 inside the medieval fortress by Jean II Marquess of Losse.
A great soldier, his loyalty to the Crown was the source of his military and social good fortune. He was page to François I, served all the sons of Catherine de Medici and was tutor to Henri IV.
As a courtier he saw the prevalent Renaissance criteria used in contemporary buildings in Paris and elsewhere.
At the end of his career he returned to Périgord as General governor of Limousin and Guyenne. The changes he then made to his ancestral home were in accordance with the taste of the times, while retaining a countrylike sobriety.
Since however , the religious wars still raged, he put his great experience in defending royal places against the Imperial troops to improving the defensive apparel of the castle for the use of fire arms ( e.g muskets and canons). This can be seen from the various openings in the curtain walls and the barbizan .
He was a contemporary of Montaigne and also wished to leave mottos that echoed his life
These were engraved in different places of the castle.
Over the entrance you will read : "Man does as he may, Fortune (fate) as she will"