The duchy of Aquitaine: an English ‘colony’ in deepest France

As medieval records from the duchy of Aquitaine go online for the first time, Simon Harris and Guilhem Pépin reveal what life was like in a small English outpost surrounded by hostile French forces

The tombs of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine in Fontevraud Abbey, France. (Dreamstime)

This article was first published in the March 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine.

On 12 August 1407, visitors to the city of Nottingham were treated to a rather peculiar sight: that of two elderly citizens of Bordeaux – Johan Boulomer and Bertran Ozanne – going toe-to-toe in a judicial duel staged before King Henry IV.

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