NIGHTBRINGER | The Arthurian Encyclopedia


Tursan is a region in southwestern France.

It was owned by Lancelot, who made Sir Melyas (Meliant of Dianarca) the earl of Tursan in return for Melyas’s support in the battles against King Arthur.

Tursan | 1st century BC to 9th century AD

Roman Influence | 1st century BC – 4th century AD
During the first century BC and early centuries AD, this area was part of the Roman province of Aquitania. The Romans established settlements, roads, and vineyards in the region, which contributed to the development of viticulture.

Fall of the Western Roman Empire | 5th century
The decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century AD, brought about significant changes in the region. It marked the end of Roman rule, and local populations faced challenges as the empire disintegrated.

Migration and Invasions
In the following centuries, the region experienced migrations and invasions by various groups, including the Visigoths and the Franks. The Visigoths controlled parts of Aquitania, which included Tursan.

Medieval Period
By the eighth and ninth centuries, the Frankish Carolingian Empire established control over the region, which became part of the Carolingian kingdom. This marked the beginnings of feudal structures and the influence of feudal lords in the area.

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