Brantôme The Essential
Its insular position in a wide bend in the Dronne, which is divided and spanned by five bridges, led to it being dubbed "the Venice of Périgord" by Raymond Poincaré. Brantôme boasts an eclectic mix of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. The abbots overseeing its abbey included Pierre de Bourdeilles in the 16C. A former chamberlain to Charles IX, this chronicler, better known as Brantôme, came to this quiet town to find the peace of mind he needed to write his famous Lives of Illustrious Men and Great Leaders.