When Douceline, only daughter of Fulk (1220), married Agoult Isnard II, she brought him the lordship of Bargème, which then passed into the hands of their eldest son of Fulk Agoult Pontevès. Then the feud belonged successively to Barral 1, Fulk II, and III to Fulk, said the Grand Chamberlain of the King, Count of Provence. The Lordship of Bargème, reached the sixteenth century to Jean-Basptiste Pontevès, Lord of Callas.
At a time when religious wars (Sixteenth Century), bloodied Provence, JB Pontevès reached its 90 years. He was married to Francoise Agoult, and God had blessed his house by giving him a large and flourishing posterity. This man full of years and filled with wealth, however, seemed to have lived only to satisfy the basest instincts and most coarse of the soul. From a foolish pride, grasping and greedy, the poor hard, cruel to the weak, he had planted in its long history of injustice and despair, and had gathered around his dishonored old age that anger and immense great hatred.
Perched on a rocky outcrop, Bargeme seems a safe haven: two of her son take refuge, but with the help of villagers, goons broke into the castle by surprise and opened the doors to their friends, who s ‘possession of it by Jean-Baptiste Pontevès. They locked him in a tower, and he flew 12 000 crowns. He was held captive 45 days then one morning, May 24, 1579, he was let out and they shot him in the street.
In 1581, their brother Balthazar takes possession of the Castle. But, arrogant and violent, he alienates Bargémois who during an altercation, the slaughter in the village hall. After the murder of his grandfather, his father, his uncles, in 1595, Antoine Pontevès returns to the Castle. At the age of 25 is allowed to believe in the tenacity of hatred. However, as worn by the inhabitants of the Bargème Pontevès has ceased smolder.
He is the victim in turn and Antoine Pontevès stabbed dies at the foot of the altar of the church during the celebration of Mass on Sunday.
Justice will be made after the latter crime, the Parliament of Aix. A decree of the Parliament condemns the people to erect Bargème under the patronage of Our Lady of Espaïme (fear and pain) a chapel. It was built at the end of the esplanade of the castle, west gate and completed in 1608.
The land then passed to Fulk, who took successively the titles of Viscount and Marquis Bargème. They partner with Castellane to Raimondi, he continued the descent. In 1818, Victorine Pontevès-Bargème married Elzear Zozimus Louis, Earl, then Duke of Sabran. The Sabran descended from Raymond who in 1160 had united Gersende Forcalquier. Later, their direct descendant, also named Gersende, became the wife of Alfonso II, Count of Provence and gave this country its greatest Prince, Raymond Béranger V. Widowed, she retired to the Monastery of La Celle, near Brignoles.
Their union is remained sterile, and Victorine Pontevès Elzéar Sabran decided to adopt their cousins, Mark Edward and Leonie Pontevès. Only, it had children. The land titles and then returned to his son, Fulk. The heirs were the Duke Of Sabran Pontevès and the Duchess Roselyne Manca De De Vallombrosa Sabran Pontevès. Upon their death, their heirs Gersende daughter, Duchess of Orleans, their son Elzear, Jean and Gerald kept the castle until 2008, when they decided to end the ownership. The castle was bought on sale at the helm of the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris by the Municipality of Bargème.
Since January 17, 2008, this castle is municipal property, with the assistance of the General Council of Var, chaired by Mr Horace Lanfranchi, and the Commune in the municipality Pierre Jassaud. The acquisition of the Castle, is a civic act, giving its value, historical and cultural heritage site of Bargeme.