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600–1440: Middle Ages

Charles Martel at Battle of Tours, Great Chronicles of France

From the end of the 5th Century A.D. most of what is now modern France was ruled by the Franks, a Teutonic tribe from Northern Europe.

One their leaders, Charles Martel, was responsible for halting and reversing the progress of Moorish armies through Aquitaine in the 8th Century. During this period and later, powerful families controlled most of the Region and one of these, the house of Talleyrand, ruled the Périgord in the 10th Century.

During the 12th Century the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henry Plantagenet, soon to become Henry II of England, brought about the gradual occupation of most of Western France, including the Périgord and Quercy, by the English.

However, the so-called Hundred Years War between the two kingdoms broke out in 1345 and the territory passed back and forward between them. Ultimately the English lost the Périgord which was returned to French rule permanently by 1369, although the Quercy remained English until 1440.

Next: 1500–1700: Wars of Religion


The purpose-built fortified towns of the South West

Charles Martel

The origin of Martel's three hammers

Eleanor of Aquitaine

From Queen of France to Queen of England

Richard the Lionheart

Richard Coeur de Lion, King of England & Duke of Aquitaine.

Turenne’s Egg

The journey of an egg

Text © Paul Shawcross

Image by Levan Ramishvili