In 1623, the duc de Bellegarde is the Governor of the Province of Burgundy. For various reasons, the PCs decided to try to persuade Bellegarde to sanction an investigation that they were asked to undertake. Since this would involve traveling to his province, they decided to try and meet him by finagling an invitation to an upcoming party that he was hosting. I wanted this to be an opportunity for courtly social interaction, both to showcase those characters who excel in that and to provide an obstacle rich environment for the less social, more combat focused PCs. And I wanted a map as one of the underlying tools to tie everything together and to allow the players to control where their PCs would go in a sandbox fashion.
The duc, like many Les Grands (the greatest nobles of France) maintains a town residence or hôtel in Paris. For my campaign, whenever possible I use actual locations, floor plans, and images. Sometimes that may not be possible, either because the information is unknown or because I am just unable to find the information in a reasonable time. I do the best I can, but I am not a historian, I'm not fluent in French, this is a hobby, and I'm
Located along the right bank not far from the Church of St. Gervais, the Hôtel de Bellegarde is bounded on one side by the Rue de la Mortellerie and on the other by the Place aux Veaux as it runs along the Seine River. The main entrance to the Hotel is on an unnamed side alley connecting the Rue de la Morallerie with the Place aux Veaux. (The plans and pictures are the Hôtel Lambert, a grand mansion townhouse, on the Quai Anjou on the eastern tip of the Île Saint-Louis, in Paris which was not owned by Bellegarde; also the location is changed to the right bank.)
- Hotel Lambert
- Floor plans copyright Kyoto University Library.
Located on what is now rue Séguier, the hotel was a residence built in 1612 for the duc de Bellegarde by the architect Jacques II Androuët du Cerceau, and was enlarged in 1617. It was later known as the Hotel Séguier. The hotel was inhabited by Pierre Séguier from 1634, and then by his widow. Immediately after having received the keeper of the seals (become Chancellor) Séguier began carrying out important work expanding and modernizing the hotel (1636-1647).
The building was a three-body logis arranged in a U around the Court of honor, with a flag to the South and a long wing leading to Bouloi Street. This new body building, designed to house two galleries superposed, divides the garden into two.