CnP: The castle was a shelter for royalists who wished to reinstate the Bourbons, it was visited by Chateaubriand and Voltaire. What's the most extraordinary fact from the castle's history in your opinion?
SdB: My aunt Félicie de la Rochejaquelin helped the Duchesse de Berry to bring back the Throne to the Bourbons when the Orleans took it in 1830. But nothing happened in Ussé. If we look through the centuries, in the 15th century, Jean de Bueil, the lord of Ussé was a well-known warrior. In the 17th and 18th centuries Voltaire, Perrault and many others writers came here. Marshal of Vauban found inspiration to write his education system, and his grandson Sebastien was a poet. In the 19th century, Duchess de Duras wrote a few important novels, and she invited Chateaubriand here too.
CnP: How come Chateau d'Ussé inspired Charles Perrault to write his world-famous Sleeping Beauty?
SdB: Perrault came to Ussé, to visit his friend Valentinay. Ussé looks like a dream, that is why it inspired him to create his Sleeping Beauty.