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Agenais, or Agenois, was a province of France located in southwest France south of Périgord.Mish, Frederick C., Editor in Chief. “Agenais.” Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary. 9<sup>th</sup> ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Inc., 1985. ISBN 0-87779-508-8, ISBN 0-87779-509-6 (indexed), and ISBN 0-87779-510-X (deluxe).

In ancient Gaul the region was the country of the Nitiobroges with Aginnum for their capital, which in the fourth century was the Civitas Agennensium, which was a part of Aquitania SecundaAlexander Riese, Geographi Latini Minores, 1878, "Notitia Galliarum" p. 143 and which formed the diocese of Agen. Having in general shared the fortunes of Aquitaine during the Merovingian and Carolingian periods, Agenais next became an hereditary county in the part of the country now called Gascony (Vasconia).Joseph Noulens, Le comté d'Agenais au xe siècle (Paris, 1877).

In 1038 this county was purchased by William, Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitiers. The marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine with the future Henry II of England in 1152 brought the county under the sway of the house of Anjou (Plantagenets). When Richard Coeur-de-Lion married his sister Joan to Raymund VI, Count of Toulouse, in 1196, Agenais formed part of the princess's dowry, and formed part of the other estates of the last independent count of Toulouse. In 1212,...
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