Jacques Guillaume, Francis Roussel, « Commercy, Lorraine », Images du Patrimoine, n° 21,  Inventaire général du patrimoine culturel, Région Lorraine, département de la Meuse, 2010. ISBN : 978-2-95-03874-1-7, 25 €.

 

District capital of the Meuse department, trading town and administrative hub Commercy has carved itself the role of regional capital ever since the Middle Ages. Long shared between two seigneuries, the town had a complex history entwined in the power struggles between France and the Empire, right through to the 17th century. At the time, Commercy became a place of refuge for the Cardinal of Retz, and swapped its strategic role for a residential one. His successors, the Prince of Vaudémont, the Duchess Elisabeth-Charlotte of Orleans and the Duke Stanislas Leszcynski, all veritable patrons of the arts, created the model for the town, of which the chateau and Place du Fer-À-Cheval remained the epicentre. The start of the 20th century left a legacy of original buildings illustrating the most popular artistic trends at the time, such as Art Nouveau and Art Déco (as in the public baths, and the current Ceramic and Ivory Museum).