Castle of Genauraye

Novel Géographie de mille hectares Maurice Bedel (1937)
Maurice Bedel was a lover of his adopted town Thuré, where he lived for most of his life until his death, in the castle of Genauraye.

“…à la Bouessière, du genévrier aux Genèbres, à la Génébrière, à la Genauraye ; que des chênes – ici l’on dit des chagnes – s’élèvent à la Chagnée, à la Chagnerie, comme s’élèvent des frênes – des fragnes – à la Fragnée,…”

Maurice Bedel

Born during the 19th century, Maurice Bedel was initially a medical doctor. In 1913, he decided to write his first collection of poems Le Cahier de Phane under the pseudonym Gabriel Senlis.

But the First World War forced him to put aside his passion for writing. At the end of the conflict, Bedel travels the world writing his travel stories. In 1927, the novelist received the Goncourt Prize for his book Jérôme 60° latitude nord .

A recognized writer, he will not stop writing and traveling. He even managed to meet Adolf Hitler and published Mr. Hitler in 1937, most of whose copies were destroyed by Germany in the following years.

Between each trip, Maurice went to his home at the Château de la Genauraye in Thuré. House acquired in 1896 by his family. In love with his adopted city of Thuré, he wrote two books dedicated to this region: La Géographie de mille hectares and Histoire de mille hectares in 1937 and 1953. He even dedicated his book Berthe au grand pied to the people of Thuré in 1943.

In 1948, he became president of the Société des gens de Lettres. In 1954 he died in his home in Genauraye.


Maurice Bedel wrote 28 books during his life, A 29th was published in 2013 taking his writings from his war diary under the name of War Diary 1914 – 1918, a Goncourt Prize in the Great War.

La Genauraye

The castle of Genauraye is a residence located in the commune of Thuré in the Vienne department.

The term Genauraye comes from Genouroie in 1437, a reference to the duchy of Châtellerault. Then in 1483, it evolved into Genouraye before taking on the name Genoraye under the curacy of Thuré, to take on the name Genaurais in 1763, to finally be named as we know it today.
Located in the commune of Thuré, the castle belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Borreau at the beginning of the 19th century. In 1896, the house was bought by the Bedel family where Maurice Bedel lived until his death. The places are private and are not visited.

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