Bernard Fournioux, archaeologist and distinguished scholar of mediaeval history,
invites us to discover “Montignac in the Middle Ages” in a reference text based
exclusively on the study of original documents. This work relates how the town grew
gradually around the mediaeval castle, as people began to move away from the ramparts
and settle on the periphery.
In 1990 the same author brought out a fascinating study of the defence network (the
only one of its kind in the Périgord) which was invented in the 13th century to
alert the châtellenie de Montignac to the possibility of danger in under 15 minutes,
by sounding olifants*
or by sending
smoke signals. Our sincere thanks to him for allowing us to publish this study here
in its entirety.