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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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Comminges

COMMINGES   Or, Cominges. Former French County in the central Pyrenees, on the upper Garonne; A bishopric in the province of Auch. 1. It is believed that the County was founded in the 9th century by a son of Aznar Sanchez, … Continue reading

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Chalosse

CHALOSSE Geographical district in Gascony in southwest France. Hilly country, now in the southeast of the Department of Landes around the town of St Sever on the River Adour.

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Buch

BUCH District in Gascony in southwestern France, on the southern side of the Arcachon Basin, an inlet of the Bay of Biscay, WSW of Bordeaux. Its lord was known as the Captal (i.e. Captain, Chieftain) de Buch.   In the 14th … Continue reading

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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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Bigorre

BIGORRE Medieval County in the west central Pyrenees in southern France; in the basin of the upper Adour, and lying between Béarn (to the west) and Comminges.  Its capital was Tarbes, which was also the seat of a Bishop. The … Continue reading

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Béarn

BÉARN A pays in southern Gascony in southwestern France, in the western Pyrenees, lying between Bigorre (to the east) and the Basque districts of Basse-Navarre and Soule (to the west): A medieval Vicomté; With Navarre, a gouvernement in the Ancien … 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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Astarac

ASTARAC A small medieval County in eastern Gascony in southwestern France, southwest of Auch;  now in the south of the Gers department. In 937 it was given to a younger son of Duke Garcia Sancho of Gascony, and was held … Continue reading

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Armagnac

ARMAGNAC    Medieval County in Gascony in southwestern France, now mainly in, and forming much of, the Department of the Gers. The original County was much smaller, just the west of the department, and was formed c.960 for the younger son … Continue reading

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Aquitane

AQUITAINE Roman province (see AQUITANIA); Duchy, Kingdom, and sub-Kingdom in the Frankish era; Medieval Duchy;   Modern administrative region – in southwestern France. The extent of Aquitaine has varied greatly, from the days of the Romans onwards.   They first used … Continue reading

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Albret

ALBRET    Lordship in the sandy plain of the Landes in southwestern France, originally centred on Labrit (a variant spelling of Albret), north of Mont-de-Marsan.   It extended in the early 14th century to include the Vicomté of Tartas to the southwest … 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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