Aure


AURE

Coat of arms of the counts of Comminges

Coat of arms of the counts of Comminges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

County in the western Pyrenees in southwestern France, consisting of the valleys of  Aure, Basse Neste and Barousse.

It was held by a cadet branch of the Counts of Bigorre, passing by marriage at the end of the 12th century to the Counts of Comminges and in the next century to the family of Fumel.   It was reduced to the rank of a Vicomté and eventually passed to the Counts of Armagnac, when it became known as Quatre-Vallées, the earlier Counts having acquired the valley of Magnoac to the east by marriage.   It came into royal hands in the later 15th century.

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