L’Eglise St-Medard is at the other end of the village to the chateau but in a similar position in that it overlooks the Charente river and dominates that area of the village. It has a sturdy look to it, not elegant but well proportioned and it fits well into its surroundings. It is at one with the village- or is the village at one with the church?
Evidently it is 12th century and is dedicated to St Medard, who was a bishop and lived from 497 to 545. Over the years he has become the patron saint of many things. One is that rather like St Swithin he has some influence over the weather. Pity that I did not know that when we visited because during our visit it clouded over and eventually the heavens opened. Still perhaps he was exercising his influence to the good because at the time of my visit it had not rained for nearly 2 months and rain was needed. His expertise does not only stretch to weather but he is also the patron saint of vineyards,brewers, captives and prisoners, the mentally ill and peasants; so he has his work cut out.
The church contains a very famous sculpture known as the Mise au Tombeau which is a depiction of Christ being placed in the tomb. It was commissioned by Anne de Poulinac and is the work of Germain Pilon who was a famous sculpture in the 16th century. One of his most famous pieces is the Three Graces which is in the Louvre and was made from one block of marble. The three graces hold an urn above their heads which at one time contained the heart of Henri II of France. Nice!?
In the church there is also a memorial plaque to the men of the village who died in the First World War It quite large as is often the case, but for so many to die from one small village it would have been devastating for the community
Do have a look at my other posts about Verteuil.
One is on the chateau
The other is about the village.