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Bordeaux

BORDEAUX City in southwestern France, on the River Garonne, a little above its confluence with the Dordogne to form the Gironde;  the seat of the gouvernement of Guyenne & Gascony, of a généralité and of a Parlement in the Ancien … Continue reading

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Berry

BERRY   Or, Berri Medieval County and Duchy; A gouvernement in the Ancien Régime. The region lay in central France, on the middle courses of the Rivers Indre and Cher, north of the Massif Central, not reaching the Loire in the … Continue reading

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Bazadais

BAZADAIS Pays in southwestern France around the town of Bazas, which is southeast of Bordeaux and WNW of Agen.   Bazas lies south of the Garonne, but the Bazadais extended northwards over the river. In the 9th century it was held … Continue reading

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Auvergne

AUVERGNE Former gouvernement; Present Region. in south central France. The valley of the northward flowing River Allier is the core of the region; the Monts du Forez and the Monts du Velay border it on the east (though in early … Continue reading

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Aunis

AUNIS One of the grands gouvernements in Ancien Régime France, and the smallest of those existing in 1789, Aunis lay on the Bay of Biscay between Saintonge and the coastal regions of Poitou.  The Poitevan marshes on the lower course … Continue reading

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Aragón

ARAGÓN A County in the Pyrenees; A Kingdom in the east of the Iberian peninsula; An 18th century Spanish province; A present-day autonomous community.   The name comes from the River Aragón, which rises in the west central Pyrenees, and … Continue reading

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Anjou

ANJOU County, later Duchy, in northwestern France A gouvernement, occupying both banks of the lower Loire, but more to the north, where the city of Angers stands on the River Maine, the short river that carries the waters of the … Continue reading

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Angoulême

ANGOULÊME    Angoumois (pays). County, later Duchy, in southwestern France;  the city stands on the River Charente, northeast of Bordeaux and WSW of Limoges. The Franks established a county there after they had expelled the Visigoths in 507;  when the Frankish … Continue reading

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Agenais

AGENAIS   Or, Agenois. Pays in southwestern France.  It includes the lower course of the River Lot, a tributary of the Garonne, and near the town of Agen, in the south, it extends southwards across the Garonne. The Agenais was normally a … Continue reading

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