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Périgord is a historical region located in the southwest of France.

This area was ruled by Lancelot. Lancelot made Sir Galyhud the Earl of Périgord in return for Galyhud’s support in the battles against King Arthur.

Périgord | 0 to 800 AD

Roman Period | c. 50 BC – 5th century AD
The region that is now Périgord was part of the Roman Gaul, and various Gallic tribes inhabited the area. Roman influence brought about the construction of roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. The town Périgueux (Vesunna) in Périgord Blanc was an important Roman settlement.

Fall of the Western Roman Empire | 5th century AD
The decline of the Roman Empire led to the breakdown of central authority in the Western Roman Empire. Périgord, like many other regions, experienced social and political changes, and various Germanic tribes, including the Visigoths and Vandals, had some influence.

Merovingian and Carolingian Periods | 5th – 9th centuries AD
The Frankish kings, first Merovingians and later Carolingians, established control over the region. Périgord became part of the Carolingian Empire, and local administration was organized around counts or dukes.

Feudalism gradually developed, with local lords holding authority over specific territories. The establishment of castles and fortified sites became more prevalent as a means of defense and control.

The Christianization of the region continued, with the establishment of monastic communities and the influence of the Catholic Church.

Viking Raids | 8th – 9th centuries AD
Like many coastal and riverine regions in Europe, Périgord may have experienced Viking raids during this period. Vikings were known for their raids along rivers and coastal areas.

Le Morte Darthur | Sir Thomas Malory, 1469-1470