In the Middle Ages, Chinon developed especially during the reign of Henry II (Henry Plantagenêt, Count of Anjou, crowned King of England in 1154). The castle was rebuilt and extended, becoming one of his favourite residences.
It was where court was frequently held during the Angevin Empire. It certainly looked impressive enough!
House of Plantagenet
A common retrospective view is that Geoffroy V de Plantagenêt founded the dynasty through his marriage to Matilda, the daughter of Henry I of England.
From the accession of their son, Henry II in 1154, via the Treaty of Winchester that ended two decades of civil war, a long line of 14 Plantagenet kings ruled England, until 1485 when Richard III was killed in battle.
The name of Plantagenet that historians use for the entire dynasty dates from the 15th century and comes from a 12th-century nickname of Geoffrey.
Henry II accumulated a vast and complex feudal holding with his marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine, which extended from the Pyrenees to Ireland and the border of Scotland, that some modern historians have called Angevin Empire.
They put cut-outs of knights here and there, though not quite to scale.
A bit simple and cheap.
Chinon is located in the heart of the Val de Loire area, within the Vallée de la Vienne.
Quite a view!
The importance of Chinon derives from its position on the bank of the Vienne river in Chinon, France just before
it joins the Loire. From prehistoric times, the rivers of France formed the major trade routes, and the Vienne
joins the fertile southern plains of the Poitou and the city of Limoges to the thoroughfare of the Loire,
thus giving access to the sea at the port of Nantes on the western coast, and to the Île-de-France in the east.