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Old October 7th, 2011, 02:44 AM   #1
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I recently bought a 13th century property near the Lascaux caves in France. Now I am trying to find out whether the Moors were ever in this part of the Dordogne and if so, for how long? Can anyone help?
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Old October 7th, 2011, 03:07 AM   #2

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No more than 6 years if at all. They were driven out after the battle of Tours, exept for what is now part of Languedoc-Rousillion.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 08:38 AM   #3
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Thanks for that. My house was either an ecole de bonsecours or an ecole de bonne soeurs. I'm assuming both are Catholic. If anyone would like to advise me otherwise please do! What I'd like to know is the earliest date that the school could have been founded. I can't find this info in the local archives.
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Old October 11th, 2011, 04:19 AM   #4
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I have been told that my garden was once enclosed common land, in a small hamlet called Beynaguet just outside the fortified 11th century chateau in Montignac in south west France. Would this be where people were hanged? Or just where peasants grazed their animals?
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common land could be sued for executions, there is no reason why not and as its common land it woul have been used by everybody for grazing animals etc. So any executions or bodies left on display would have been seen by all. Its possible, but its no guarentee.
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The Moors never reached France.
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Old July 15th, 2014, 05:17 PM   #7

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In the case of Dordogne, the Ummayads never could stablish an effective control of the area.

Abdul Rahman Al Gafiqi, wali (governor) of Al-Andalus assembled a very powerful army in Pamplona in 732. This army crossed into Gaul, destroyed Bourdeaux, totally annihilated an Aquitanian army around Dordogne (the sources tell the Arabs had crossed the Garonne into Dordogne) and kept advancing into the Frankish kingdom, sacking Tours.


This is the army defeated by Charles Martel in the Battle of Tours, where Al Gafiqi was killed.

So in regard to Dordogne, this is the only, though important, passing of Arabs by the region.



The Arabs had a much more important involvement in other areas of France. For example they effectivelly controlled the Gothic Septimania for many decades, vassalizing the territory up to the Rhone, while in Provenze they stablished the pirate base of Fraxinetum from 889 to 973. From this base, they attacked areas as far as the Rhin.
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In the case of Dordogne, the Ummayads never could stablish an effective control of the area.

Abdul Rahman Al Gafiqi, wali (governor) of Al-Andalus assembled a very powerful army in Pamplona in 732. This army crossed into Gaul, destroyed Bourdeaux, totally annihilated an Aquitanian army around Dordogne (the sources tell the Arabs had crossed the Garonne into Dordogne) and kept advancing into the Frankish kingdom, sacking Tours.


This is the army defeated by Charles Martel in the Battle of Tours, where Al Gafiqi was killed.

So in regard to Dordogne, this is the only, though important, passing of Arabs by the region.



The Arabs had a much more important involvement in other areas of France. For example they effectivelly controlled the Gothic Septimania for many decades, vassalizing the territory up to the Rhone, while in Provenze they stablished the pirate base of Fraxinetum from 889 to 973. From this base, they attacked areas as far as the Rhin.


Interesting stuff. Yeah, this is quite the intriguing subject. One can't always assume too much with history, after all, this isn't an absolute nor exact science. Some people might even dispute if it is a science. But enough epistemology, what matters is that the subject is interesting, to say the least.
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