Thanks to the writings of Guillaume II of Murol, a lord who lived an exceptionally long life (1350-1440), we have obtained much precious information about the everyday existence of a castle lord in the 15th century.
This lord first led the life of an adventurous knight. Reaching his fifties, he retired to his lands, where he rigorously took control of the administration of his properties. For twenty years, he handled all his affairs himself and enlarged and restored his fortress. He kept up to date two logbooks in which poetry and personal memories intermingle with the figures. These two “journals” as well as a long autobiographic testament have come down the centuries to us. Thanks to this exceptional documentation, so much more rare considering that much of the writings of this sort have been destroyed, we are able to better understand and thus highlight the castle lord’s vocation.