The duchy of Aquitaine: an English ‘colony’ in deepest France

January 8, 2018 — Leave a comment

When Henry Plantagenet (the future Henry II of England) acquired the duchy of Aquitaine in 1152 through marriage, it stretched from the Loire to the Pyrenees, and was ruled from Poitiers. It encompassed several other lordships, including the old duchy of Gascony, whose northern boundary had been roughly the Garonne river. Following French conquests in 1204, the duchy of Aquitaine shrank back towards the Garonne, and the capital became Bordeaux.

http://www.historyextra.com/article/premium/duchy-aquitaine-english-colony-deepest-france-black-prince

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