Category Archives: France

Coucy

COUCY Medieval lordship in Picardy in northern France;  the castle and hill-top town of Coucy lie south of St Quentin and north of Soissons. The lands originally belonged to the Archbishop of Reims, and became a lordship in the 10th … Continue reading

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Côtes-du-Nord

CÔTES-DU NORD  See Côtes-d’Armor .

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Côtes-d’Armor

#517605479 / gettyimages.com CÔTES-D’ARMOR  The Département des Côtes-d’Armor (22) is in northwestern France and was called CÔTES-DU-NORD until 1991. It was formed from northern Brittany in 1790.  Armor is an old Celtic name for the coastlands of Brittany and Normandy, … Continue reading

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Côte-d’Or

CÔTE-D’OR  The Département de la Côte-d’Or (21) is in east central France. #128266804 / gettyimages.com It was formed in 1790 from the northern part of Burgundy, and named after a range of hills. It is one of the principal wine … Continue reading

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Corvey

#125176459 / gettyimages.com CORVEY Or, Corvei or Korvei. Imperial Abbey on the River Weser above Hameln in northwestern Germany;  ENE of Paderborn. It was founded by two cousins of Charlemagne in 816 as a daughter Abbey to that of Corbie … Continue reading

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Corsica

CORSICA   CORSE. Island in the western Mediterranean, north of Sardinia. [For the Département(s) and Region, see CORSE]. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Corsica became part of the Vandal Kingdom, which held the Tunisian coast-lands and many of the … Continue reading

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Corse-du-Sud

CORSE-DU-SUD Département (20A) in southern and west central Corsica since 1976, capital Ajaccio, in the west of the island.   The Department of Liamone, 1796-1811, was similar in extent.

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Corse

CORSE   The French name of CORSICA; #175964790 / gettyimages.com The Département de la Corse (20), 1790-3 and 1811-1976 A  region since 1970, with a unique status from 1991. The island was divided into the departments of Golo and Liamone in … Continue reading

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Corrèze

CORRÈZE The Département de la Corrèze (19) is in the west of the Massif Central in south central France. The River Corrèze rises in the north and flows southwestwards to join the River Vézère. It was part of the unoccupied … Continue reading

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Cornwall

CORNWALL   KERNOW (Cornish). #125987783 / gettyimages.com The southwesternmost county in England;  most of its boundary with Devon lies along the River Tamar, which rises very near the north coast and flows to Plymouth Sound and the English Channel. Cornwall lay … Continue reading

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Cornouaille

CORNOUAILLE Southwestern Brittany, its name the result of the the immigration of British into Armorica in the 5th and 6th centuries from, inter alia, Cornwall. A County emerged in the region, and also a Bishopric with its seat at Quimper, … Continue reading

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Conflent

CONFLENT County in the Spanish March of the Frankish Kingdom, but its lands are now in France.   They lie in the eastern Pyrenees, between Cerdanya and the coastal plain of Roussillon, and are drained by the River Têt.   Villefranche de … Continue reading

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Confederation of the Rhine

CONFEDERATION OF THE RHINE    Or, Rhenish Confederation; RHEINBUND;  la Confédération du Rhin. In July 1806 a group of German principalities with the foreknowledge and approval of France joined together to form a new Confederation.   From the south of Germany came … Continue reading

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Condomois

CONDOMOIS Pays in Gascony in southwest France;  the town of Condom is on the River Baise, a tributary of the Garonne, and is southwest of Agen and northwest of Auch. Its lordship partly passed to the lords of Albret (the … Continue reading

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Comtat Venaissin

COMTAT VENAISSIN District in Provence, now in southeastern France but once in the Holy Roman Empire, lying between the Rivers Rhône (to the west) and Durance (to the south), though not including Avignon, the place of their confluence.   Its chief … Continue reading

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