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    Re: Portuguese shipwreck question
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2009 Nov 3, 08:59 -0000

    Asked to help with identifying some geographical positions, in the 
    Marseilles Tables of 1140 AD, I  wrote of Sedes regis Francorum, "Seat of 
    the King of the Franks"-  "I would guess that in 1140 that would be Paris, 
    but the position given is nearer Lyon or Geneva."
    Perter Fogg then intervened with-
    "At that time it could have been Laon, about 130kms northeast of Paris and
    50kms northwest of Reims (N49d 34m, E3d 41m).  It was for some period, way
    back then, the capital of the Franks although little known now outside of
    its *d�partement* (l'Aisne)."
    No, not after 987AD, when Hugues Capet shifted the capital of the Franks to 
    Paris. Or so says the reference to Laon in Encyclopedia Brittanica (it's a 
    period about which my own ignorance is total).
    I presume that the intervening 150 years would allow time for that news to 
    reach Marseilles.
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