Alphonse Daudet

 

Alphonse Daudet

Fontvieille and Daudet

This young Parisian journalist originally from Nîmes returned to the South of France, driven by the desire to find an atmosphere, an atmosphere that he thought he had lost in the capital of culture and the arts that represented Paris. He was also driven by the invitation which had made one of our finest writers, one of the seven legendary founders of the "Félibrige" Frédéric Mistral who warmly welcomes him in Maillane.

Then, he will come and stay in Fontvieille during the summer of 1860 at the Château of Montauban, welcomed by his cousin Louis and his wife Octavie Daudet (born Ambroy). Since that day, he spends every year his holiday in our village for 30 years, true land of inspiration for the characters of his works. The last time he came in Fontvieille was during the winter of 1891, in order to see his dear friend Timoléon Ambroy one last time, who was very ill.

 

Daudet, friend of Mistral

The charisma of the man and probably the descriptions of the accents of the South that made his Provence, prompted young Daudet to get back to our regions.

He first made a long halt in Maillane, warmly welcomed by Mistral and the ever-growing circle of the ‘félibres’.

Another invitation, this one made by his cousin Louis and his young wife Octavie Daudet (born Ambroy), forced him to leave his new friends to Fontvieille and the castle of Montauban.

 

 

Le château de Montauban

The Castle of Montauban & the museum of Alphonse Daudet

The castle of Montauban is a beautiful building dating from the end of the 18th early 19th century located in a park of 12 hectares. It was the residence of the family Ambroy which welcomed the writer and poet Alphonse Daudet. Since 2012, the Museum Alphonse Daudet is presented in the castle through the major works of the writer and the translations of his world-famous book "The letters from my mill". Nowadays, the Château is open to the individual public during the season and all year for groups. A shop proposes you the greatest works of the writer as well as the Santons Arterra representing the most famous characters in his books.