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    Re: Portuguese shipwreck question
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2009 Nov 3, 21:54 +1100

     George says:

    No, not [Laon] 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.

     

    I've been troubled by similar doubts since I wrote earlier.  Its true that Laon's period as capital belongs to the first millennium. By 1140 the era of the French kings had got underway and, as the Encyclopaedia Britannica says, the capital was moved by them back to Paris.  However, the reference is to Sedes regis Francorum; 'Seat of the King of the Franks' rather than to those more modern upstarts, and despite George's heavy sarcasm ingrained ideas about capitals some distance away may have lingered.  Marseilles was quite remote from the north of France.  So I'm not sure.



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